Blue Ridge Summit in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass
Approximately 10,000 soldiers fought around Monterey Pass. The battle lasted more than six hours, as they struggled in some of the most bewildering combat of the war. In the lightning, gunfire, and confusion, many of the terrified teams of horses and mules bolted down the side of the mountain, crushing the occupants of the wagons. More than 1,500 Confederates were taken prisoner.
Erected by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 44.308′ N, 77° 28.711′ W. Marker is in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Charmain Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Rolando Woods Lions Club Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Monterey Pass (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); The Retreat From Gettysburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown's Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of 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); Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade (about 300 feet away).
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a wartime sketch. This illustration of the Confederates retreating toward the Potomac through Monterey Pass was most likely drawn by Alfred Rudolph Waud, a British-American newspaper artist that was very popular during the Civil War era. It was relatively common for sketches made quickly on the battlefield to be touched up or re-drawn by other artists so that they may be suitable for publishing in weekly newspapers of the era, including Frank Leslie's Illustrated News and Harper's Weekly.
Also see . . . Monterey Pass Battlefield Association. The association provides many resources including a guide to the battlefield. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,536 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.