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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 
 
Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, March 10, 2009
1. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war north to Pennsylvania. After more than three weeks of marching through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland, the Army of Northern Virginia reached Adams County and briefly occupied Gettysburg on June 26. Union Gen. George G. Meade led the Army of the Potomac in pursuit and approached this area from the south. As Lee concentrated his scattered forces near Gettysburg, they collided with the Federals on July 1 and started a battle neither side had intended to fight here. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating to Virginia with the Army of the Potomac following. Lee's troops reached the Potomac River and crossed back into Virginia on July 14.

To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center or any local Welcome Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion and Retreat Civil War Trail map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of the Civil War Trails.
 
Erected 2009 by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
Close Up of the Drawing image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, March 10, 2009
2. Close Up of the Drawing
Gen. Jubal A. Early demanding supplies and money from Gettysburg's councilmen, who refused, June 26, 1863, sketch by Charles Wellington Reed - Courtesy Library of Congress
39° 47.305′ N, 77° 15.333′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15) 0.2 miles south of South Confederate Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the edge of the driveway in front of the South End Guide Station. This is a small stone building that's used for restrooms today. Building is on the right side of the road when traveling Northbound. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benning's Brigade (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Bachman's Battery - Henry's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Fourth Alabama Infantry - Law's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Law's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Texas (about 700 feet away); Hood's Division (about 700 feet away); Garden's Battery - Henry's Battalion (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is one of a standard set used by Civil War Trails at stops in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Campaign Map image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, March 10, 2009
3. Campaign Map
The map indicates the locations of waysides mentioned in the Gettysburg Campaign tour.
Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 30, 2010
4. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
South Guide Station image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 30, 2010
5. South Guide Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,027 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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