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Monterey in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Monterey Pass

The Initial Breakthrough

 
 
The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
1. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Inscription. General Kilpatrick, quartered at the Monterey Inn, ordered artillery to support Custerís troopers. Near the present-day golf course, Captain Alexander Pennington deployed two rifled cannon and began to shell the Confederate battle line with case shot.

The 5th Michigan Cavalry, commanded by Colonel Russell Alger, arrived here where they were ordered to dismount and get onto the ground. It wasnít long until Colonel Alger realized the wooded bridge was still intact. The bridge was in a very exposed place and it wasnít long until they came under heavy fire. Another courier was sent back to the Monterey Inn asking for addition troops for the breakthrough. General Kilpatrick ordered the 1st Ohio Cavalry, Company A, and the 1st West Virginia Cavalry to support the Wolverines.

Colonel Alger and several of his command charged over the bridge, and filed off to the left. There, they formed a hasty battle line. Portions of the 6th Michigan Cavalry also charged over the bridge in support of the new position. This allowed the 1st west Virginia Cavalry to charge and break through the Confederate battle line, with the 1st Ohio Cavalry, Company A in support.

“Arriving at the bridge, I dismounted and found that the 6th Michigan, firing across at the enemy, while in the middle of the road and to the left of it,
Marker location in Rolando Woods Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
2. Marker location in Rolando Woods Park
and the bridge was unoccupied. It was a very exposed place. The night was very dark, and in order to take in the situation I ordered my men to lie down. After being under fire for a few minutes, I became satisfied that the planking of the bridge had not been torn up and I decided to charge across it. It was not a long one, but it spanned, I think, a very deep gorge judging by the sound of the water, which was very high and running beneath it.”

Colonel Russell Alger, 5th Michigan Cavalry
 
Location. 39° 44.309′ N, 77° 28.747′ W. Marker is in Monterey, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Charmian Road 0.1 miles west of Buchanan Trail East (Pennsylvania Route 16), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro PA 17268, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Retreat From Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass
Commanding Officer, 5th Michigan Cavalry image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
3. Commanding Officer, 5th Michigan Cavalry
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The battleground image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
4. The battleground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 100 times since then. Last updated on June 29, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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