Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe House
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project, Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
Location. 40° 15.334′ N, 76° 52.65′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of South Front Street and Vine Street, on the left when traveling north on South Front Street. Marker is located directly across the street from the Knipe house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 329 S Front St, Harrisburg PA 17104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harris' Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); John Harris Sr. Grave Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion Harrisburg's Grand Review of Black Troops (about 500 feet away); John Harris Mansion (about 500 feet away); John Harris, Sr., and the Mulberry Tree (about 500 feet away); Native Nations of the Susquehanna Valley (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Native Nations of the Susquehanna Valley (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
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1. Shipoke Neighborhood Walking Tour. The Federal brick house at 329 South Front Street was the home of General Joseph Knipe, a shoemaker and boot maker who was charged with the defense of Harrisburg when the Confederate troops were approaching during the Civil War. He organized a volunteer cavalry unit and also named the uptown military establishment Camp Curtin in honor of the then Governor even though he had been ordered by his superiors in Washington to name it Camp Union. After the war he served as postmaster of Harrisburg from 1866-74. Dated 1835, the Knipe house is one of the earliest standing buildings in the Shipoke neighborhood. (Submitted on August 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Joseph F. Knipe. Following the war, Knipe returned to Harrisburg, where he was appointed postmaster by President Andrew Johnson. He subsequently held a number of political patronage positions the rest of his life, both on the Federal and state level. For a term, he was postmaster of the United States House of Representatives. (Submitted on August 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Gettysburg Campaign. As the Confederates approached, Carlisle was largely undefended. Shortly after Jenkins' first invasion and occupation of Chambersburg, on June 15-17, Pennsylvania Railroad officials had gathered supplies to rebuild a railroad bridge that the southerners had destroyed near Scotland, north of Chambersburg. To protect them, General Darius N. Couch, the Union commander at Harrisburg, detailed two New York militia regiments-the 8th and 71st-to move by rail as far as Scotland. In command of these men was Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe, who was home, still recovering from a wound he had received at the battle of Chancellorsville in May. (Submitted on August 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. he Role of the New York State Militia in the Civil War. On 18 June the 8th and 71st Regiments (1st Brigade) under Colonel Joshua Varian moved from Harrisburg (Submitted on August 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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