Near Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Road to Gettysburg
Meade, uncertain of Lee’s strength or location, had ordered the army to entrench along Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore. The Federal right flank rested at Manchester, the center at Union Mills, and the left at Middleburg. Reynolds was to withdraw his forces near Gettysburg and occupy the left flank.
At 7:30 a.m. on July 1, however, Lt. Marcellus E. Jones, 8th Illinois Cavalry, fired the first shot in the Battle of Gettysburg as the Confederates crossed Marsh Creek Bridge. Reynolds rode to the scene to assess the unfolding situation and direct his infantry forward, only to be cut down by a sharpshooter's bullet three hours after the opening engagement.
Marker series. Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 42.507′ N, 77° 18.824′ W. Marker is near Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15), on the right. Click for map. Marker is located in the Maryland Welcome Center parking lot, off the Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). Marker is in this post office area: Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emmitsburg Longrifles (here, next to this marker); Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.9 miles away); Emmitsburg Sisters of Charity (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Mount Saint Mary's College (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Pennsylvania (approx. 0.9 miles away in Pennsylvania); Daughters of Charity (approx. one mile away); St. Joseph's Valley Camp (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Emmitsburg.
More about this marker. The marker features portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee, George G. Meade, and John F. Reynolds. Included also is a map of the Gettysburg campaign and a newspaper drawing from the period depicting the Union army marching in the vicinity
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Some background on the newspaper drawing. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. General Reynolds and Emmitsburg. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. An Essay on Meade’s Pipe Creek Line. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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