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Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Corbit's Charge
“Suicidal Bravery”

ó Gettysburg Campaign ó
 
Corbit's Charge Marker Photo, Click for full size
November 24, 2008
1. Corbit's Charge Marker
 
Inscription. In June, 1863, as Gen. Robert E. Leeís infantry marched through Maryland on its second invasion of the North, Lee lost contact with Gen. J.E.B. Stuart as the cavalry commander led his force east and north around the Union army. Here, on the afternoon of June 29, Federal and Confederate cavalrymen clashed on the street before you.

A detachment of the 150th New York Infantry and 108 officers and men of the 1st Delaware Cavalry, including Capt. Charles Corbitís Co. C, guarded the road junction and Western Maryland Railroad line at Westminster. When advance elements of Stuartís column approached from Sykesville, Corbitís command with part of Co. D charged east on Main Street and struck them at the Washington Road intersection, driving them back briefly. The Westminster postmaster wrote that Corbitís men displayed “an almost suicidal bravery.” A 4th Virginia Cavalry trooper later recalled, “I was in the first set of fours [in front to meet Corbitís charge]. There has never been, in my knowledge, a more terrific fight with pistols than was fought then. I emptied every barrel of my pistol as did others.”

The fighting surged back and forth on Main Street until Confederate reinforcements overwhelmed the Federals. The 1st Delaware suffered 55 percent casualties (killed, wounded, and captured) and the New York
 
Corbit's Charge Marker Photo, Click for full size
November 24, 2008
2. Corbit's Charge Marker
The left of two Civil War Trails markers in front of the Shellman house. Looking east - Main Street Westminster.
 
infantrymen were taken prisoner. The Confederates lost two officers killed and twelve men wounded. That night, Stuartís column rested along the Littlestown Pike near Union Mills, about six miles north.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 34.185′ N, 76° 59.43′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on East Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located in front of the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House which is owned by The Historical Society of Carroll County. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away); Aftermath of Battle (about 600 feet away); Divided Loyalties (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Corbitís Charge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westminster (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westminster.
 
Another view of the Shellman House Photo, Click for full size
November 24, 2008
3. Another view of the Shellman House
 

 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned, Trooper, 1st Delaware Cavalry, and soldier, 150th New York Infantry, on Main St. in Westminster, June 1863. – Courtesy of the Gil Barrett Collection, U.S. Army Military History Institute. On the upper middle of the marker are portraits of Capt. Charles Corbit (Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives) and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. On the lower right of the marker is a sketch of Odd Fellows Hall captioned Headquarters of the 150th New York Infantry Provost Guard. – Courtesy the Historical Society of Carroll County.
 
Scene of Capt. Charles Corbit's Charge Photo, Click for full size
November 24, 2008
4. Scene of Capt. Charles Corbit's Charge
Looking west down Main Street at intersection of Washington Road (about 500 yards east of the marker).
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 2,258 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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