Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pressed into Service
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Haupt made a covered wagon his temporary office and quickly created a military supply depot here. Four hundred Railroad Construction Corpsmen soon arrived from Alexandria, Virginia, with lanterns, buckets and rails. They hauled water from a nearby impoundment and brought in firewood for the steam locomotives. Soon 30 trains in 5-train convoys moved 1,500 tons of supplies and ammunition in 150 cars daily from Baltimore to Westminster. Previously, the single-track line, completed in 1861, had carried only four trains a day. Within two days, the army’s needs were more than met, and excess supplies went to Gettysburg hospitals. Thousands of Union wounded and almost 7,000 Confederate prisoners passed through the Westminster depot July 1-7.
Ellen Orbison Harris of the Philadelphia Ladies Aid Society wrote
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.772′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and West Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Divided Loyalties (here, next to this marker); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Divided Loyalties (approx. half a mile away); Corbit's Charge (approx. half a mile away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. Army of the Potomac (approx. half a mile away); Aftermath of Battle (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Westminster.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a portrait of Gen. Herman Haupt. On the lower right of the marker is a photo captioned, Westminster, Main Street, looking east, ca. 1868, along the route of Corbit's charge.
Also see . . . Brig. General Herman Haupt. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.)
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