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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fighting House to House, Yard to Yard

 
 
Fighting House to House, Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 20, 2012
1. Fighting House to House, Marker
Inscription.  “Several others who were hidden in houses escaped by donning citizen’s clothing, and Private Anitpas H. Curtis (Company D), while so dressed, had the distinction of saluting General Lee in person.” George G. Benedict in “Vermont in the Civil War”, 1888.

When Sheriff Edward Mobley marched off to war in 1862, he moved his family from the jailer’s house on Jonathan Street to East Washington Street to be near his parents who lived here.

On July 6, 1863 Union cavalrymen entering the City from Funkstown encountered Confederate cavalry and infantry descending through the town from the north. A pitched battle in the streets ensued, blue and gray horsemen clashing in the streets, fighting from yard to yard and alley to alley. Union General Kilpatrick’s cavalry pushed the Confederates back as far as Church Street before the rebels were reinforced and counterattacked, driving the Union cavalry toward Williamsport.

During the counterattack, a detachment of troopers from the 1st Vermont Cavalry were cut off from the rest of their regiment while fighting through these yards. The Mobleys and their neighbors
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called the men into their homes and hid them for several days until the town was re-occupied by Union forces on July 13th. Some of the Vermonters were even loaned civilian clothes which allowed them to go out and mingle among the Confederate occupiers who assumed they were Hagerstown residents.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1894.
 
Location. 39° 38.557′ N, 77° 43.113′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of East Franklin Street and Renaissance Way aka Cramer Alley, on the right when traveling east on East Franklin Street. Marker is in a parking lot on the south side of E Franklin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: near 29 E Franklin St, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ransom of Hagerstown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away); Hagerstown (about 400 feet away); Second Battle of Hagerstown (about 400 feet away); First Battle of Hagerstown (about 400 feet away); Treatment of the Wounded (about 400 feet away); Hagerstown Ransomed (about 500 feet away); A City Divided (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on September 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photo   1. submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 20, 2022