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Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Spangler's Spring

Night of July 2

 
 
Spangler's Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Spangler's Spring Marker
Inscription.  
"It seems Captain Selfridge of Company H, had taken some of his men's canteens and gone on ahead to Spangler's Spring to fill them, when he discovered "Johnnies" also there filling their canteens. He backed out with the best grace he could command, and reported it to the Colonel… A skirmish line … found the enemy as stated and saved many lives."

Captain Joseph Matchett
46th Pennsylvania Volunteers
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 48.873′ N, 77° 13.037′ W. Marker was in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker was at the intersection of Slocum Avenue and Geary Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Slocum Avenue. Located at stop 13 (Spangler's Spring) on the driving tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Slaughter at Spangler's Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Maryland Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker);
Spangler's Spring image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. Spangler's Spring
There are actually two "springs" in the meadow, with the upstream spring capped off next to the marker.
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107th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 46th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 145th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away); 27th Indiana Infantry (about 400 feet away); Smith's Brigade (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fighting at Spangler's Meadow Virtual tour by Markers.
 
Spangler's Spring image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
3. Spangler's Spring
The plaques on the sides read:
One country and one flag the strife of brothers is past.

This spring supplied Union and Confederate soldiers with water during the battle.
Small Brook from Spangler's Spring image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. Small Brook from Spangler's Spring
A small brook flows out from the second spring, a few yards from the capped off main spring. Even today, a sizable amount of water flows from the spring.
Spangler's Spring Marker - missing image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 8, 2018
5. Spangler's Spring Marker - missing
Markers can be removed for repairs or renovation and then replaced. Perhaps this is the case here, as this is an example of an earlier style of wayside.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,753 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 2, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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