Washington Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Monterey Pass
The Initial Breakthrough
The 5th Michigan Cavalry, commanded by Colonel Russell Alger, arrived here where they were ordered to dismount and get onto the ground. It wasn’t long until Colonel Alger realized the wooded bridge was still intact. The bridge was in a very exposed place and it wasn’t long until they came under heavy fire. Another courier was sent back to the Monterey Inn asking for addition troops for the breakthrough. General Kilpatrick ordered the 1st Ohio Cavalry, Company A, and the 1st West Virginia Cavalry to support the Wolverines.
Colonel Alger and several of his command charged over the bridge, and filed off to the left. There, they formed a hasty battle line. Portions of the 6th Michigan Cavalry also charged over the bridge in support of the new position. This allowed the 1st west Virginia Cavalry to charge and break through the Confederate battle line, with the 1st Ohio Cavalry,
“Arriving at the bridge, I dismounted and found that the 6th Michigan, firing across at the enemy, while in the middle of the road and to the left of it, and the bridge was unoccupied. It was a very exposed place. The night was very dark, and in order to take in the situation I ordered my men to lie down. After being under fire for a few minutes, I became satisfied that the planking of the bridge had not been torn up and I decided to charge across it. It was not a long one, but it spanned, I think, a very deep gorge judging by the sound of the water, which was very high and running beneath it.”
Colonel Russell Alger, 5th Michigan Cavalry
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 44.309′ N, 77° 28.747′ W. Marker is in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Charmian Road 0.1 miles east of Buchanan Trail East (Pennsylvania Route 16), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14306 Charmian Rd, Waynesboro PA 17268, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Retreat From Gettysburg (a few steps from 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); The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); The Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Township.
More about this marker. Chronologically, this is the last of a series of four markers on the Billy Yank Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 5. submitted on May 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.