Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Major James Breathed
"Hardest artillery ﬁghter the war produced"
Breathed so distinguished himself in the Battles of Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, and Yellow Tavern that Gen. Robert E. Lee regarded him as "The hardest artillery fighter the war produced." he returned to Hancock, Md., after the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House to live with his sister and practice medicine. His family was among the founders of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Breathed's brother-in-law Robert Bridges, co-owner of the Round Top Cement Mill, was the largest employer in Hancock during the war. His first cousin Dr. James Breathed Delaplane was also a physician here, and his office stood on this site. Maj. James Breathed died on February 14, 1870, and is buried in St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 41.928′ N, 78° 10.755′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on West Main Street (Maryland Route 144), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hancock (here, next to this marker); Discover the Trail (a few steps from this marker); A New Beginning (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Discover the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Hancock in the Canal Era (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley (about 300 feet away); Hancock Station (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Hancock (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
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