Near Boonsboro in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Boonsboro
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Stuart, with five brigades advancing from the direction of Funkstown and Williamsport, first encountered Federal resistance at Bever Creek Bridge, 4½ miles north of Boonsboro. By 11 a.m., the Confederate cavalry had pushed to these mud-soaked fields, where fighting on horseback was nearly impossible, forcing Stuart’s troopers and Gens. H. Judson Kilpatrick’s and John Buford’s Union cavalry divisions to dismount and slug it out like infantry.
By mid-afternoon, the Union left under Kilpatrick crumbled as the Federals ran low on ammunition under increasing Confederate pressure. Stuart’s advanced ended about 7 p.m., however, when Union infantry arrived—the first to engage on a Maryland battlefield since Gettysburg. Stuart withdrew north to Funkstown, but he had gained another day for Lee’s retreating army.
“The Seven-Shooter Spencer”
Some Union cavalry used Spencer
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 31.585′ N, 77° 39.832′ W. Marker is near Boonsboro, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old National Road (Alternate U.S. 40), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the parking lot of an antique market, just off the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stonewall Jackson's Way (approx. half a mile away); Town of Boonsboro (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washington Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boonsboro (approx. 1.3 miles away); The National Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cannon of Revolutionary War (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Boys from Boonsboro District (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonsboro.
More about this marker. The marker displays a drawing of the battle with the caption, “C.E.H. Bonwill’s sketch of Kilpatrick repulsing J.E.B. Stuart at Boonsboro.” The side bar features a drawing of the Spencer rifle. A map details the tactical action during the battle.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Boonsboro Summary.
2. Essay on Gen. Buford's Cavalry Division in the Pursuit from Gettysburg.
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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