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

Battle of Hunterstown

 
 
Battle of Hunterstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 30, 2010
1. Battle of Hunterstown Marker
Inscription. In the first three days of July 1863, 165,000 soldiers converged on Gettysburg, leaving their mark forever on its land, buildings, and people. Like sparks from a bonfire, fights strayed far outside the town. One encounter took place in Hunterstown. On the afternoon of July 2, Brigadier General Wade Hampton's Cavalry Brigade was ordered to protect the Confederate Army's left flank. Hampton's Brigade followed the Hunterstown Road, which put it in a perfect position to guard against attacks from the east. At 4:30 P.M., however, Union cavalry under Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer attacked the rear of Hampton's Brigade. When the Federals retreated, Hampton chased them into an ambush. Union troops, hidden behind barns and high wheat, opened fire as the Rebels galloped by.

The action robbed the Confederate left flank of protection. While Hampton fended off Custer, another brigade stepped in to shield against the threat from other Union cavalry. If not for the Battle of Hunterstown, approximately 2,000 more Confederate infantry may have fought in the evening's battles for Culp's Hill and East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg.
 
Erected 2009 by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
1858 Map of Hunterstown image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 30, 2010
2. 1858 Map of Hunterstown
39° 52.953′ N, 77° 9.707′ W. Marker is in Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Shrivers Corner Road (State Highway 394), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pres. George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Grass Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of the Potomac (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer (about 300 feet away); Civil War Soldiers in the Great Conewago Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Conewago Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionary Soldiers in Great Conewago Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Studebaker Wagon Shop (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hunterstown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Hunterstown, Part 1. Gettysburg Daily article with Civil War authors J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley providing a tour of the Hunterstown Battlefield. (Submitted on January 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Hunterstown, Part 2. Gettysburg Daily article with Civil War authors J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley providing a
Battle of Hunterstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 30, 2010
3. Battle of Hunterstown Marker
tour of the Hunterstown Battlefield. (Submitted on January 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,510 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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