Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Gettysburg Campaign —
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.”
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 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.
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.