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Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, March 25, 2017
1. Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg Marker
Inscription. General Robert E. Lee decided to take the war into the North in June 1863, allowing Southern farmers an uninterrupted growing season, and perhaps convincing European powers to aid the Confederacy. As the rebels invaded Pennsylvania, Harrisburg made a tempting target as a key transportation hub that promised access to a large cache of military supplies at nearby Camp Curtin. Its loss, as an important Union state capital, would be a major blow to Northern morale.

Union Major General Darius Couch was charged with the defense of Harrisburg. Low on troops, Couch did the best he could, hastily building fortifications on the heights directly across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Pennsylvania and New York militia troops manned the defenses.

Confederate cavalry under Brigadier General Albert Jenkins captured nearby Mechanicsburg on June 28. The next day, his troops skirmished with Federals at Oyster Point (in present-day Camp Hill).

On June 30, Couch’s troops met the Confederates at Sporting Hill, about five miles from Harrisburg. Throughout the afternoon, Union and Confederate forces fought the northernmost engagement of the Gettysburg campaign. Jenkins withdrew that day to join Lee’s army concentrating near Gettysburg. Harrisburg had been saved.
 
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By Larry Gertner, March 25, 2017
2. Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg Marker
Marker location neat the Walnut Street bridge.
Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 40° 15.548′ N, 76° 53.052′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Front Street and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south on North Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walnut Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The People’s Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Governors’ Row (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); James McCormick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrisburg Public Library Dauphin County Library System (within shouting distance of this marker); The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Larry Gertner, March 25, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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