Washington Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Monterey Pass
A Wild and Desolate Scene
As the Union cavalry descended South Mountain, area citizens witnessed a Fourth of July like no other. They saw the fires from the wagons extending from Monterey Pass down South Mountain and continuing into Maryland, when the battle finally ended at Ringgold just after dawn. They were also able to see the fires extending from Leitersburg to Ringgold, as the 1st Vermont Cavalry cut its own path of destructions through the wagons that were at the head of the column, moving towards Williamsport, Maryland.
“Then we turn out attention
Private Joseph A, Lesage, 1st West Virginia Cavalry
“As the advance came up to the train, they received a heavy volley of musketry, which at once showed the exact position of the enemy. Onward they dashed, and a hand-to-hand combat ensued. The scene was wild and desolating. The road lay down a mountain side, wild and rugged. On either side of the road was a heavy growth of underbrush, which the enemy had taken as a fit place to conceal themselves and fire upon us.”
Major Charles Capehart, 1st West Virginia Cavalry
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 44.301′ N, 77° 28.764′ W. Marker is in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, in Franklin CountyTouch 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. A different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (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 Retreat From Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); A Midnight Battle Along The Mason-Dixon Line/Walking Tour (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Underground Railroad (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Township.
More about this marker. This and the adjacent marker continue and complete the story of the fighting in this area related on the "Billy Yank Trail" across the road.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 3 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 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.