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Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 
 
Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
1. Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat 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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 43.118′ N, 78° 16.837′ W.
Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
2. Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Marker
View of the valley to the east of Sideling Hill Mountain.
Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the westbound Sideling Hill Visitors Center (Interstate 68 at milepost 75), 2.7 miles west of Exit 77 (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Challenge of Sideling Hill (a few steps from this marker); The National Road (a few steps from this marker); Sideling Hill Cut North Bench (within shouting distance of this marker); Sideling Hill Cut South Bench (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hancock.
 
More about this marker. There is a duplicate of this marker at the eastbound rest area here on Sideling Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Map of the Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Trail. (Submitted on January 13, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails - Gettysburg Campaign. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,043 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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