Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Retreat from Gettysburg
Confederate troops occupied the town until July 12, when driven out by Union forces including General George Armstrong Custer's Michigan cavalry brigade, which forced the Confederates out to the western edge of town. Federal General Oliver O. Howard (later a founder and early president of Howard University) observed Confederate positions south of town from the St. John's church bell tower.
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 38.414′ N, 77° 43.31′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on South Potomac Street (State Highway 65), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located next to the St. John's Lutheran Church. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elliott-Bester House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Last Confederate Incursion North of the Potomac River The Ransom of Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); A City Divided (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hagerstown Ransomed (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named A City Divided (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a drawing of St. John's Church as it appeared in the years before the Civil War. In the center is a portrait of Major General Howard. To the right is a View of Hagerstown, circa 1870, looking north up Potomac Street taken from the St. John's bell tower.
Also see . . . Crossroads of the Civil War. More information about the Civil War activities in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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