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

Taneytown

Meade’s Pipe Creek Plan

 

— Gettysburg Campaign —

 
Taneytown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 28, 2020
1. Taneytown Marker
Inscription.  On June 29, 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade ordered the Army of the Potomac to Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore by Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and to engage the Confederates in battle. Meade established his headquarters here at Taneytown and over the next two days watched his exhausted and footsore soldiers march by. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles stood on the porch of the old stone tavern and reviewed his III Corps troops as they arrived on June 30. Pvt. Charles Mattocks, 17th Maine Infantry wrote, “We marched through in columns by platoon. The young damsels sang Union songs and waived handkerchiefs to us as we passed along.” After a rest, III Corps marched on to Bridgeport in the afternoon.

Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps passed through Taneytown about noon on July 1. While resting at the Swope farm, Hancock received an order from Meade to leave his corps, hurry to Gettysburg, and take charge of Union forces there, as General John F. Reynolds, the commander, had been killed in the battle's opening moments. At 10 p.m., Meade followed, making his headquarters in the house
Taneytown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 28, 2020
2. Taneytown Marker
of Mrs. Lydia Leister, a Carroll County native, who with her children took refuge in Silver Run.
 
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.
 
Location. 39° 39.795′ N, 77° 10.84′ W. Marker is in Taneytown, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of West Baltimore Street (State Highway 140) and Park Road, on the left when traveling west on West Baltimore Street. Marker is in Taneytown Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taneytown MD 21787, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); "9 11 A Day To Remember" (a few steps from this marker); Taneytown Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lieutenant John E. Buffington (approx. ¼ mile away); Adam Good Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Steps of the Sisters" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Heart of Our Town (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taneytown.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center is a photograph if the Shunk Farm, which was Meade's headquarters. In the lower left is a photo of Sauble Inn, property belonged to Dr. Samuel Swope in 1863. In the upper right are portraits of Generals Meade, Sickles, and Hancock. Below the portraits is a map showing the line of march used by the Union army during the Gettysburg Campaign.
 
Winfield Scott Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
3. Winfield Scott Hancock
Close-up of photo on marker
Daniel Sickles image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
4. Daniel Sickles
Close-up of photo on marker
George Meade image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
5. George Meade
Close-up of photo on marker
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
6. You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
Shrunk Farm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
7. Shrunk Farm
Shrunk Farm, Meade's headquarters.
Close-up of photo on marker
Sauble Inn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
8. Sauble Inn
Sauble Inn, property belonged to Dr. Samuel Swope n 1863.
Close-up of photo on marker
Sauble Inn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
9. Sauble Inn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2007. This page has been viewed 3,125 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on August 28, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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