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

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
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 through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland as his cavalry, led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, harassed Union supply lines to the east. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, replaced on June 28 by Gen. George G. Meade, led the Army of the Potomac from the Washington defenses in pursuit. The Federals collided with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, starting a battle neither side had intended to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating through Maryland, retracing their steps to the Potomac River and crossing into Virginia on July 14.

To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by any Welcome Center or local Visitor Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion & Retreat Civil War Trail map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Markers at the Pull Off image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers at the Pull Off
39° 41.788′ N, 77° 36.845′ W. Marker is in Leitersburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Ringold Street and Ringold Pike (County Route 418) on Ringold Street. Click for map. Located at a pull of inside the triangle of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Retreat into Maryland (here, next to this marker); Erected in Honor of the Boys (approx. half a mile away); Leitersburg Bridge No. 2 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Forge Farm (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Forge Bridge (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mason and Dixon Line (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leitersburg.
More about this marker. This is one of the standard Gettysburg Campaign markers used throughout Maryland and Virginia, and is duplicated at other locations. The maker features a map of depicting unit movements during the campaign and other Civil War Trails locations. The map has portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee and George G. Meade. A painting depicts a scene from the campaign with the caption, “Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his staff approach Mercerburg.”
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler Tour Guide - Gettysburg Campaign. (Submitted on January 14, 2008, 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 950 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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