Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Shelling of Carlisle
Walking Tour Stop 11
The next day, July 1, the townspeople cheered the arrival of Major General William Smith's four regiments of Federal militiamen, but their joy was short-lived. Late that afternoon, Major General J.E.B. Stuart and 3,500 rebel cavalrymen appeared at the intersection of York and Trindle roads. The rebels unlimbered their artillery, demanded the surrender of the town, and threatened to burn it. General Smith refused, the artillerymen let fly, and townspeople and militiamen alike scattered for shelter. Over the next few hours, shells struck the columns of the courthouse, blew holes in the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches, damaged numerous other properties, and wounded a few unlucky souls near the square, including twelve militiamen. After setting fire to the U.S. Army's Carlisle Barracks, Stuart's men disappeared
Although most of the damage done by the rebel shells was long ago repaired, scars can still be seen here on the facade of the Old Court House. You can still see where a pillar was chipped and bricks were broken by flying shrapnel.
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1794.
Location. 40° 12.076′ N, 77° 11.357′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Hanover Street (State Highway 34) and High Street (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south on Hanover Street. Marker is just north of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cumberland County (here, next to this marker); Forbes Trail (here, next to this marker); Historic Downtown Carlisle (here, next to this marker); Historical Directory of Carlisle (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); China Burma India Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Carlisle Public Square (a few steps from Cumberland County Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,716 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 19, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on February 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 8, 9. submitted on December 19, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.