Monterey, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Monterey Pass
A Wild and Desolate Scene
As the Union cavalry descended South Mountain, area citizens witnessed a Fourth of July like no other. They saw the fires from the wagons extending from Monterey Pass down South Mountain and continuing into Maryland, when the battle finally ended at Ringgold just after dawn. They were also able to see the fires extending from Leitersburg to Ringgold, as the 1st Vermont Cavalry cut its own path of destructions through the wagons that were at the head of the column, moving towards Williamsport, Maryland.
“Then we turn out attention to the foremost end of the train, all the while making more noise that a “pack of wild Indians.” We find it a hot place, as we have it hand-to-hand. Sabers and revolvers are used rather
Private Joseph A, Lesage, 1st West Virginia Cavalry
“As the advance came up to the train, they received a heavy volley of musketry, which at once showed the exact position of the enemy. Onward they dashed, and a hand-to-hand combat ensued. The scene was wild and desolating. The road lay down a mountain side, wild and rugged. On either side of the road was a heavy growth of underbrush, which the enemy had taken as a fit place to conceal themselves and fire upon us.”
Major Charles Capehart, 1st West Virginia Cavalry
Location. 39° 44.3′ N, 77° 28.767′ W. Marker is in Monterey, Pennsylvania. Marker is on Charmian Road east of Buchanan Trail East (Pennsylvania Route 16), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (here, Brown's Spring (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Retreat From Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.