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

Corbit's Charge

“Suicidal Bravery”

— Gettysburg Campaign —

Corbit's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
1. Corbit's Charge Marker
Inscription.  In June, 1863, as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s infantry marched through Maryland on its second invasion of the North, Lee lost contact with Gen. J.E.B. Stuart as the cavalry commander led his force east and north around the Union army. Here, on the afternoon of June 29, Federal and Confederate cavalrymen clashed on the street before you.

A detachment of the 150th New York Infantry and 108 officers and men of the 1st Delaware Cavalry, including Capt. Charles Corbit’s Co. C, guarded the road junction and Western Maryland Railroad line at Westminster. When advance elements of Stuart’s column approached from Sykesville, Corbit’s command with part of Co. D charged east on Main Street and struck them at the Washington Road intersection, driving them back briefly. The Westminster postmaster wrote that Corbit’s men displayed “an almost suicidal bravery.” A 4th Virginia Cavalry trooper later recalled, “I was in the first set of fours [in front to meet Corbit’s charge]. There has never been, in my knowledge, a more terrific fight with pistols than was fought then. I emptied every barrel of my pistol as did others.”

The fighting
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surged back and forth on Main Street until Confederate reinforcements overwhelmed the Federals. The 1st Delaware suffered 55 percent casualties (killed, wounded, and captured) and the New York infantrymen were taken prisoner. The Confederates lost two officers killed and twelve men wounded. That night, Stuart’s column rested along the Littlestown Pike near Union Mills, about six miles north.
Erected by 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 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1863.
Location. 39° 34.185′ N, 76° 59.43′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on East Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in front of the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House which is owned by The Historical Society of Carroll County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 East Main 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. Votes for Women (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Loom House (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion Square (about 300 feet
Corbit's Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
2. Corbit's Charge Marker
The left of two Civil War Trails markers in front of the Shellman house. Looking east - Main Street Westminster.
away, measured in a direct line); Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away); Aftermath of Battle (about 600 feet away); Divided Loyalties (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned, Trooper, 1st Delaware Cavalry, and soldier, 150th New York Infantry, on Main St. in Westminster, June 1863. – Courtesy of the Gil Barrett Collection, U.S. Army Military History Institute. On the upper middle of the marker are portraits of Capt. Charles Corbit (Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives) and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. On the lower right of the marker is a sketch of Odd Fellows Hall captioned Headquarters of the 150th New York Infantry Provost Guard. – Courtesy the Historical Society of Carroll County.
Another view of the Shellman House image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
3. Another view of the Shellman House
Scene of Capt. Charles Corbit's Charge image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
4. Scene of Capt. Charles Corbit's Charge
Looking west down Main Street at intersection of Washington Road (about 500 yards east of the marker).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 3,383 times since then and 159 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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