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

Union Mills

"Shining lights"

— Gettysburg Campaign —

Union Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 28, 2020
1. Union Mills Marker
At daybreak on June 30, 1863, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart arrived here from his bivouac at the Orendorff farm north of Westminster. He then gathered his brigade commanders to discuss Union Gen. Judson H. Kilpatrick's cavalry division, which was encamped seven miles north at Littlestown but had been reported marching east toward Hanover.

Southern sympathizer William Shriver, whose slave-owning brother Andrew K. Shriver lived across the Littlestown Turnpike and supported the Union, invited Stuart to have breakfast with his family. William, who opposed slavery, had four sons in the Confederate army. Shriver's daughter Sally later wrote, "Our table [was] surrounded by so many shining lights—Majors, Colonels, Captains, Doctors, and to crown all, those two noble Generals [Fitzhugh] Lee and Stuart who sang 'If you want to be a bully boy, join the cavalry.'" Stuart asked sixteen-year-old T. Herbert Shriver to act as a guide on the roads to Hanover. In exchange, he said, he would sponsor him to the Virginia Military Institute (the next year, Cadet Shriver fought in the May 15 Battle of New Market).

After breakfast, the Confederates
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set off toward Hanover. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's brigade took the Littlestown Turnpike and screened the left flank of Col. John R. Chambliss' brigade on Old Hanover Road. Gen. Wade Hampton's brigade followed Chambliss and guarded a captured Union wagon train.

Henry Wirt Shriver son of Andrew K Shriver served with Company I of the 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Infantry.Union Mills Homestead Foundation

Mark Owings Shriver, a son of William Shriver, enlisted in Co. K, 1st Va. Cavalry, and later served in 1st Md. Cavalry (CSA)Historical Society of Carroll County

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 date for this entry is May 15, 1863.
Location. 39° 40.018′ N, 77° 1.054′ W. Marker is in Union Mills, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker can be reached from Littlestown Pike (Maryland Route 97) 0.4 miles north of Saw Mill Road West, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster MD 21158, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Defiance at Union Mills
Defiance at Union Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 28, 2020
2. Defiance at Union Mills Marker
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Union Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania (approx. 4.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Just Government League (approx. 5½ miles away); Who was Bennett Cerf? (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union Mills.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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