“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Uniontown in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


“Patriotic, but Paralyzed”


—Gettysburg Campaign —

Uniontown "Patriotic, but paralyzed" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
1. Uniontown "Patriotic, but paralyzed" Marker
Inscription. On June 27, 1863, Union Gen. Winfield S. Hancock’s II Corps, Army of the Potomac camped at Monocacy Junction near Frederick. The next day, Gen. George G. Meade assumed command of the army and devised a plan to march it through Frederick and Carroll County to positions along Pipe Creek. There he planned to engage Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia which had marched through Maryland into Pennsylvania.

Hancock was ordered to march northeast toward Frizzelburg at 4 a.m. on June 29, but did not put his corps in motion until four hours later because the orders were misplaced. After a 32-mile march under a broiling sun, II Corps arrived here at 10 p.m., several miles short of its objective. A New Yorker observed that “Uniontown is a pretty secluded village, patriotic, but paralyzed just now by the nearness of the rebel army.”

When residents told Hancock that Gen. J. E. B. Stuart and his Confederate cavalry were camped four miles away in Westminster, he informed Meade so that an attack could be launched. Union cavalry commander Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, however, persuaded Meade that the report was wrong and two of his brigades occupied the town. In fact, it was Hancock who was correct, and Stuart, unaware of the Federal infantry in Uniontown, might have been defeated had the Federals attacked on the
William Segafoose Hotel image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
2. William Segafoose Hotel
Built c 1802, William Segafoose's Hotel on Uniontown Road served as a recruiting office for Co. A, 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry in August 1862. Officers of Gen. Hancock's II Corps were entertained there on the night of June 29, 1863. Courtesy of Historical Society of Carroll County
morning of June 30.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 35.592′ N, 77° 7.015′ W. Marker is in Uniontown, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on Uniontown Road 0.1 miles from Maryland Route 84, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster MD 21158, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Army of the Potomac (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters Second Corps Army of the Potomac (approx. 1.3 miles away); Elmer A. Wolfe High School (approx. 3.4 miles away); “Pipe Creek Meeting” (approx. 3.5 miles away); New Windsor (approx. 3.5 miles away); Birthplace of William Henry Rinehart (approx. 3.5 miles away); Union Bridge - Reynolds’ Last Journey (approx. 3.6 miles away); Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Uniontown.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker are portraits of Gens. Hancock and Pleasonton. On the far right is a portrait of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. On the lower left is a photo of the Segafoose Hotel. On the lower right is a campaign map depicting
William Segafoose Hotel image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
3. William Segafoose Hotel
the movements of the Federal army and locations of Civil War trails sites. It has the caption: Position of the Union Army of the Potomac June 29, 1863 (midday). 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.
Categories. War, US Civil
Campaign Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2010
4. Campaign Map
Homes on Uniontown Road image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
5. Homes on Uniontown Road
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,696 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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