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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Friendsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 17, 2019
1. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland as his cavalry, led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, harassed Union supply lines to the east. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, replaced on June 28 by Gen. George G. Meade, led the Army of the Potomac from the Washington defenses in pursuit. The Federals collided with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, starting a battle neither side had intended to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating through Maryland, retracing their steps to the Potomac River and crossing into Virginia on July 14.

To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by any Welcome Center or local Visitor Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion & Retreat Civil War Trail map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
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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 month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 39° 40.62′ N, 79° 22.479′ W. Marker was near Friendsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker could be reached from National Highway (Interstate 68) 2 miles east of Maryland Route 42, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center Rest Stop. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 6172 National Highway, Friendsville MD 21531, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. At The Crossroads Of Conflict (here, next to this marker); The Youghiogheny River (within shouting distance of this marker); J.W. McCullough, Lumbering and Mining Titan (approx. 1.7 miles away); Friendsville Baseball Fever, Cider Mill, Shanty Town
Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 17, 2019
2. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Bear Creek Lumber and Meat Market (approx. 1.7 miles away); Vietnam Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Walnut Street and First Avenue – F.G. Fox & Sons (approx. 1.8 miles away); Yough Motors, Confectionary and Bandstand (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Friendsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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