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Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 

— Maryland Civil War Trails —

 
Invasion & Retreat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 25, 2018
1. Invasion & Retreat Marker
Inscription.  After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland as his cavalry, led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, harassed Union supply lines to the east. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, replaced on June 28 by Gen. George G. Meade, led the Army of the Potomac from the Washington defenses in pursuit. The Federals collided with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, starting a battle neither side had intended to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating through Maryland, retracing their steps to the Potomac River and crossing into Virginia on July 14.

To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by any Welcome Center or local Visitor Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion & Retreat Civil War map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
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Invasion & Retreat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 25, 2018
2. Invasion & Retreat Marker
Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the Maryland, Gettysburg Campaign: Invasion & Retreat series lists.
 
Location. 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.773′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and East Main Street, on the left when traveling south on Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Liberty Street, Westminster MD 21157, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westminster Depot (here, next to this marker); Mayor Joseph L. Mathias (a few steps from this marker); History Is Also Now (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neal Home (about 700 feet away); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rosser Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westminster MD War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Opera House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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