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Near Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Emmitsburg

Road to Gettysburg

 
 
Emmitsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2021
1. Emmitsburg Marker
Inscription.  President Abraham Lincoln replaced Army of the Potomac commander Gen. Joseph Hooker with Gen. George G. Meade on June 28, 1863, as the army pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Meade placed Gen. John F. Reynolds, I Corps commander, in charge of the Federal army’s left wing, which consisted of I, III, and XI Corps. The next day, I Corps marched to Frederick from Middletown and camped in the western suburbs, but by dawn on June 30, had departed for Emmitsburg, where it bivouacked on the heights north of town. Confederates had been reported at Fairfield, and Reynolds was taking no chances.

Meade, uncertain of Lee’s strength or location, had ordered the army to entrench along Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore. The Federal right flank rested at Manchester, the center at Union Mills, and the left at Middleburg. Reynolds was to withdraw his forces near Gettysburg and occupy the left flank.

At 7:30 a.m. on July 1, however, Lt. Marcellus E. Jones, 8th Illinois Cavalry, fired the first shot in the Battle of Gettysburg as the Confederates crossed Marsh Creek Bridge. Reynolds rode to the scene
Maryland Welcome Center Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 1, 2007
2. Maryland Welcome Center Parking Lot
to assess the unfolding situation and direct his infantry forward, only to be cut down by a sharpshooter's bullet three hours after the opening engagement.
 
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.
 
Location. 39° 42.507′ N, 77° 18.824′ W. Marker is near Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15), on the right. Marker is located in the Maryland Welcome Center parking lot, off the Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emmitsburg Longrifles (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker features portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee, George G. Meade, and John F. Reynolds. Included also is a map of the Gettysburg campaign and a newspaper drawing from the period depicting the Union army marching in the vicinity of Emmitsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Similar View of Emmitsburg Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 1, 2007
3. Similar View of Emmitsburg Today
To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Some background on the newspaper drawing. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. General Reynolds and Emmitsburg. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. An Essay on Meade’s Pipe Creek Line. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,231 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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