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Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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The Square is Now Recaptured

The Scattered Debris of Battle

 
 
The Square is Now Recaptured Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, January 26, 2008
1. The Square is Now Recaptured Marker
Inscription.  From Hanover's Center Square, major roads radiate to York, Baltimore, Frederick and Carlisle. For the second time that day the Center Square would become the scene of brutal combat.

A few blocks to the north, nearly 400 mounted cavalrymen from New York and Pennsylvania had reformed under the command of Major John Hammond. Riding in a column, four horses abreast, they used several side streets to reach Abbottstown Street, now Broadway, before proceeding to the Center Square.

Members of the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment later recalled that Major Hammond led the charge into the Center Square "with drawn sabers." The Union "onslaught" of counterattacks was "sudden and strong." The battle-worn Confederates then began to retreat along Frederick Street as well as through the side streets and into the fields.

By the time the debris of battle was evident throughout the town. Scattered along the streets were many dead or dying horses and discarded weapons.

On Broadway side, the cellar under the drug store was entered through a large wooden door that lay flat or even with the pavement. Across the door the cavalry
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charged again and again. I recall how fearful my parents were, lest that cellar door should prove too weak to bear the weight of the horses.

- Retrospect by Rev. Ambrose M. Schmidt
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour series list.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 48.046′ N, 76° 58.98′ W. Marker was in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker was at the intersection of Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194) and Carlisle Street (Pennsylvania Route 94) on Broadway. Marker is on the NE corner of the town square. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Battle of Hanover (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Hanover (here, next to this marker); The Union Strikes Back (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Hanover (a few steps from this marker); Market House (a few steps from this marker); Hanover's Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Square is Now Recaptured Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, August 28, 2021
2. The Square is Now Recaptured Marker
Marker is significantly weathered but mostly readable.
George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
More about this marker. In the center is a portrait of Major John Hammond. In the upper right is a View of Center Square from intersection at York Street and Abbotstown/Broadway.
 
The Square is Now Recaptured Marker is in the lower left corner. The Picket monument is right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Henry T. McLin, June 23, 2017
3. The Square is Now Recaptured Marker is in the lower left corner. The Picket monument is right.
The back of the Square is Now Recaptured Marker is in the lower right next to the van. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Henry T. McLin, June 23, 2017
4. The back of the Square is Now Recaptured Marker is in the lower right next to the van.
Clark's Shoe Outlet is the store on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,641 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 6, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 8, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2017, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.

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