“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Funkstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Battle of Funkstown

At Bay another Day


—Gettysburg Campaign —

Battle of Funkstown - At Bay another Day Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 3, 2007
1. Battle of Funkstown - At Bay another Day Marker
Inscription. The Confederate presence at Funkstown threatened any Union advance against Gen. Robert E. Lee’s position near Williamsport and the Potomac River as he retreated to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry, posted at Funkstown, posed a serious risk to the Federal right and rear if the Union army lunged west from Boonsboro.

Stuart, meanwhile, determined to wage a spirited defense to ensure Lee time to complete fortifications protecting his army and his avenue of retreat. As Gen. John Buford’s Federal cavalry division cautiously approached Funkstown via the National Road on Friday morning July 10, 1863, it encountered Stuart’s crescent-shaped, three-mile-long battle line.

It was Stuart’s first defensive battle – here holding a stationary position – since reentering Maryland. The high ground here constituted Stuart’s extreme right, held by Preston Chew’s horse artillery. The stone barn and barnyard wall visible in the distance proved a superb defensive position for the 34th Virginia Battalion’s dismounted cavalry.

Col. Thomas C. Devin’s dismounted Union brigade attacked
Close up of the battlefield map. Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 3, 2007
2. Close up of the battlefield map.
here about 8 a.m. By mid-afternoon, with Buford’s cavalrymen running low on ammunition and gaining little ground, Col. Lewis A. Grant’s Vermont Brigade of infantry arrived and jabbed at the Confederate center less than one mile away. Unbeknownst to the Vermonters, Gen. George T. Anderson’s brigade now faced them, the first time opposing infantry had clashed since Gettysburg.

By early evening, the Union army began withdrawing south towards Beaver Creek, where I, VI, and XI Corps had concentrated. Stuart had kept the Federals at bay for yet another day.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 36.033′ N, 77° 42.183′ W. Marker is in Funkstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old National Road (U.S. Alt 40), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Funkstown MD 21734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Funkstown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Claggett's Mill Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Claggett’s Millrace Bridge (approx. half a mile away); This Plot is Dedicated to Public Use (approx. 0.6 miles away); Keller Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baltimore Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); M3A1 Light Tank (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Funkstown.
High ground occupied by Confederate cavalry. Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 3, 2007
3. High ground occupied by Confederate cavalry.
Confederate cavalry and later infantry occupied the high ground across the highway from the marker throughout the battle.

More about this marker. Marker also displays pictures of Gen. George T. Anderson and Col. Lewis A. Grant, in addition to a map of the battlefield.
Additional keywords. Maryland Civil War Trails
Categories. War, US Civil
Hawk's (or Hauck's) Farm Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
4. Hawk's (or Hauck's) Farm
Looking north from the marker location. Chew's Confederate artillery was positioned on the high ground just behind (left of the road) the barn.
The barn in question Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck
5. The barn in question

Credits. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,770 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on March 10, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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