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Monterey in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Monterey Pass

The Wolverine's Fight

 
 
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Inscription.  As Union General George A. Custerís Cavalry brigade advanced here, the right wing of his brigade was situated in these woods. The 6th Michigan Cavalry deployed to the right of the road, supported by the 5th Michigan Cavalry, while the 7th, and portions of the 1st Michigan Cavalry deployed to the left of the road and were kept in reserve. Once in position, the brigade moved forward for the main attack.

As fighting raged in the middle of the night, the battlefield became disorganized due to the weather conditions and the intense darkness. Hand-to-hand combat took place and was extremely fierce at times.

The Confederate skirmishers held their ground, slowly giving way. The Confederate skirmishers eventually began to withdraw from the woods and cross over the swollen Red Run. Once across, the Confederates began establishing a new line of battle centered on the wooden bridge.
General Custerís battle line began to stall along the banks of Red Run. To make matters worse, a herd of cattle had broken away from the Confederate wagon train along Maria Furnace Road. A courier was sent back to the Monterey Inn informing Union General
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Rolando Woods Trail to the right; Billy Yank trail straight ahead.
Judson Kilpatrick that reinforcements were needed in order to break the Confederate battle line.

”Soon we encountered the confederate skirmishers, but could locate them only by the flashes of their guns. The darkness was intense and in a few moments we had plunged into a dense thicket, full of undergrowth, interlaced with vines and briars, so thick, that it was difficult to make headway at all. More than one trailing vine tripped me up, and I fell headlong. To keep up an alignment was out of the question. One had to be guided by sound and not by sight.”
Captain James Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry
 
Location. 39° 44.414′ N, 77° 28.671′ W. Marker is in Monterey, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Charmian Road east of Buchanan Trail East/Waynesboro Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (about 600 feet away); The Raid On Harpers Ferry (about 600 feet away); The Underground Railroad (about 600 feet away); A Midnight Battle Along The Mason-Dixon Line/Walking Tour
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The marker is to the right of the path.
(about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (about 600 feet away); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. Chronologically, this is second of a series on the Billy Yank Trail.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Situation map
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Captain James Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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