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Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Jacob Wirt House

 
 
The Jacob Wirt House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
1. The Jacob Wirt House Marker
Inscription. At approximately 8:00 a.m. the head of Kilpatrick's Union Cavalry Division halted on Frederick Street. When Reverend William K. Zieber, pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Church learned about the hungry cavalrymen, he encouraged the crowd of townspeople to feed them. For nearly two hours, various regiments passed through Hanover as men, women and children continued to bring food, drinks and gifts to the grateful soldiers.

About 10:99 a.m., rear units of the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment were located in this area, while the main body assembled around Hanover's Center Square. While the soldiers were enjoying the people's hospitality, a Confederate artillery shell burst over the town. Major John Hammond of the 5th New York promptly rode to the Center Square and urged the citizens to take shelter in their basements.

Reverend Zieber heard him say to the townspeople, "In a few minutes there will be fighting on your streets." Soon, retreating ambulances and disorganized members of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry crowded into the Square, chased by the Confederates. In the meantime, Major Hammond led the New Yorkers to the Public Commons where they began to regroup.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location.
Old Hanover Theater image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, September 29, 2009
2. Old Hanover Theater
Looking north from the municipal parking lot next to Borough of Hanover administrative offices at 44 Frederick St. Marker is in the left foreground.
Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 47.991′ N, 76° 59.042′ W. Marker was in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker was on Frederick Street (Pennsylvania Route 194) 0.1 miles from Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located Between Franklin and Baltimore Streets on Frederick Street. Marker was in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Birthplace of John Luther Long (a few steps from this marker); The Hanover Spectator Covers the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilpatrick Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Hanover (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right is a photo of the Writ House with the caption, Here General Kilpatrick met with the town leaders explaining: "We have been short of rations for three days. I
The Jacob Wirt House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 10, 2017
3. The Jacob Wirt House Marker
Marker missing; entire area had been greatly overgrown.
do not have all my commissary wagons with me."


Below the main photograph are portraits of Major John Hammond, 5th New York Cavalry and Rev. Wm. K. Zieber, Pastor, Emmanuel Reform Church.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,342 times since then and 77 times this year. Last updated on May 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 30, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on May 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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