“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Camp Hill in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Samuel Albright House

Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29, 1863

Samuel Albright House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 3, 2016
1. Samuel Albright House Marker
Inscription. In the late days of 1863, Samuel Albright’s house and farm were used as a Confederate bivouac site and artillery position. In the 1860 Census, Samuel Albright was listed as born “about 1823” and living in what was then East Pennsboro Township. William Eppley rented the Albright house and resided there during the Confederate Invasion.

In early June 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee began shifting his units northward through the Shenandoah Valley and into Maryland and Pennsylvania. By June 27, Lt. Gen. General Richard S. Ewell’s Confederate Second Corps had reached Carlisle. On the morning of June 28, Brig. Gen. Albert G. Jenkins, leading the army’s vanguard, moved east towards Harrisburg and captured Mechanicsburg. He then split his brigade, sending some to the Trindle Road and the remainder to the Carlisle Pike.

White Hall citizen Zacheus Bowman ventured from his home westward on the Carlisle Pike. He ran into Union pickets on his westward walk to the Albright house. Bowman recalled:

“We went up to the Albright House. Eppley was the tenant. We saw a lot of milk in the cellar of the house. We heard a calf bawling in the barn and went out to let it loose. The calf was loose, though. I told Philip [Kepford] to go into the house and get a crock of milk for it. He got the milk and we fed the calf.”


The Samuel Albright House image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 3, 2016
2. The Samuel Albright House
next gives very good detail as to the farm’s condition during the Confederate occupation:

“There was a little house in the field, we went around to the barn. We had to go around the upper part of the house and met the “Johnnies” there face to face. Philip started to run and I said ‘Don’t run, you fool!’ We saw the battle line of the rebels and the outside pickets. – I guess about a half dozen ….”

Lt. Col. Vincent A. Witcher, 34th Virginia Cavalry Battalion, then decided to unlimber his artillery. With him, he had two pieces of Jackson’s Kanawha Horse Artillery. These pieces, according to Lt. Micajah Wood of the battery, were a howitzer under command of Lt. Randolph Blain and a three inch ordinance rifle under command of Woods himself.

Woods also wrote of his piece:

“We remained with our brigade for a day or two [in front of Harrisburg], attacking the enemy at exposed points each day. During all the Engagements, our Battery played a conspicuous part, and especially the rifled gun in my section, which was called upon more often than the other pieces because of greater range. The Enemy brought little artillery to bear against us hence we had a fair chance to make good shots with comparatively little exposure.”

From Oyster’s Point, Nicholas Rice of the 30th Pennsylvania Militia could see “…[a]

Samuel Albright House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 3, 2016
3. Samuel Albright House Marker
The marker is visible on the N 36th Street side of the house.
column of cavalry and formed along a rise of ground, then a battery swung into position, and tested our metal with a few well directed shot[s]...”

Witcher camped behind the Albright House. He returned on June 29 and kept up a fire for between one and two hours. Later, Witcher led a cavalry charge to Oyster’s Point from the Albright House with his own 34th Virginia Cavalry Battalion. This diversion allowed Jenkins to observe Harrisburg’s defenses from Slate Hill and the heights west of New Cumberland. Early the next day, June 30, Witcher retired to Silver Spring Creek and later fought at Sporting Hill. This ended the Confederate occupation of the Albright House.
Erected by Camp Curtin Historical Society.
Location. 40° 14.4′ N, 76° 56.617′ W. Marker is in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of N 36th Street and Walnut Street, on the left when traveling north on N 36th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camp Hill PA 17011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); Peace Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maurice K. Goddard (approx.

Samuel Albright House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 3, 2016
4. Samuel Albright House Marker
Detail - the local area
one mile away); Cumberland Riflemen (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Peace Church (approx. one mile away); White Hall School (approx. one mile away); The Skirmish of Oyster’s Point (approx. one mile away); Robert Whitehill (1735 - 1813) (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Camp Hill.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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