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

The Battle of Monterey Pass

A Wild and Desolate Scene

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
1. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Inscription. The 1st West Virginia Cavalry arrived and were ordered to charge the Confederate cannon on this side of the bridge. Seeing the West Virginians in their front, Confederate Captain William Tanner ordered the cannon to fire its last two shots before the gun was captured. Immediately thereafter, the West Virginians, supported by portions of Custerís brigade, began storming through the long line of wagons. In some instances, they were ordered to shoot the lead horses of the wagon train, putting a halt to their escape, while collecting their bounty and setting many Confederate wagons on fire.

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
The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
2. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
The marker is the right of a pair on the grounds of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum, across from the Rolando Woods Park.
freely. We soon begin to take in prisoners. The road on which we were charging was a good turnpike and downgrade. I, being mounted on a good horse and being so enthused that when I got fairly underway I could not realize whether I was riding or flying. I knew I was going through the air at a terrible rate. Thus we went until we reached the foot of the mountain.”

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, in Franklin County. 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
Insert - A typical cavalryman image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
3. Insert - A typical cavalryman
(here, next to 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); 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 (was about 300 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Insert - Medal of Honor recipient Charles Capehart image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 12, 2017
4. Insert - Medal of Honor recipient Charles Capehart
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 93 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 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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