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Taneytown in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Taneytown

Meade’s Pipe Creek Plan

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
Taneytown Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 27, 2008
1. Taneytown Marker
Inscription. On June 29, 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade ordered the Army of the Potomac to Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore by Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and to engage the Confederates in battle. Meade established his headquarters here at Taneytown and over the next two days watched his exhausted and footsore soldiers march by. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles stood on the porch of the old stone tavern and reviewed his III Corps troops as they arrived on June 30. Pvt. Charles Mattocks, 17th Maine Infantry wrote, “We marched through in columns by platoon. The young damsels sang Union songs and waived handkerchiefs to us as we passed along.” After a rest, III Corps marched on to Bridgeport in the afternoon.

Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps passed through Taneytown about noon on July 1. While resting at the Swope farm, Hancock received an order from Meade to leave his corps hurry to Gettysburg, and take charge of Union forces there, as General John F. Reynolds, the commander, had been killed in the battles opening moments. At 10 p.m., Meade followed, making his headquarters in the house of Mrs. Lydia Leister, a Carroll County native, who with her children took refuge in Silver Run.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Taneytown Meade Pipe Creek Plan Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
2. Taneytown Meade Pipe Creek Plan Marker
sectionhead> Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.795′ N, 77° 10.84′ W. Marker is in Taneytown, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of West Baltimore Street (State Highway 140) and Park Road, on the left when traveling west on West Baltimore Street. Click for map. Marker is in Taneytown Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Taneytown MD 21787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); Taneytown Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lieutenant John E. Buffington (approx. ¼ mile away); Adam Good Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Steps of the Sisters" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Heart of Our Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Everyone is Welcome (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Taneytown.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center is a photograph if the Shunk Farm, which was Meade's headquarters. In the lower left is a photo of Sauble Inn, property belonged to Dr. Samuel Swope in 1863. In the upper right are portraits of Generals Meade, Sickles, and Hancock.
Gettysburg Campaign Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 27, 2008
3. Gettysburg Campaign Map
Positions of the Union Army of the Potomac June 29, 1863 (evening). New Union commander Gen. George G. Meade orders his army north with two objectives: Engage the Confederate army under the best possible conditions while protecting Washington, D.C.

Learning that the Union army was close and getting closer, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee orders his army to consolidate somewhere near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.
Below the portraits is a map showing the line of march used by the Union army during the Gettysburg Campaign.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Taneytown Marker Stands behind two Army of the Potomac Tablets Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 27, 2008
4. Taneytown Marker Stands behind two Army of the Potomac Tablets
Winfield Scott Hancock Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
5. Winfield Scott Hancock
Close-up of photo on marker
Daniel Sickles Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
6. Daniel Sickles
Close-up of photo on marker
George Meade Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
7. George Meade
Close-up of photo on marker
You Are Here Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
8. You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
Shrunk Farm Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
9. Shrunk Farm
Shrunk Farm, Meade's headquarters.
Close-up of photo on marker
Sauble Inn Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
10. Sauble Inn
Sauble Inn, property belonged to Dr. Samuel Swope n 1863.
Close-up of photo on marker
Sauble Inn Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
11. Sauble Inn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,517 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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