Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Meade Takes Command
"Come to give me trouble."
Near this spot, on the grounds of Prospect Hall, Union Gen. George Gordon Meade replaced Gen. Joseph "Fighting Joe" Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac on Sunday, June 28, 1863. Meade took command reluctantly because he was concerned about changing leaders in the middle of a campaign. Additionally, he felt his longtime friend Gen. John F. Reynolds was more capable and more deserving of the assignment.
Meade described his appointment in a letter to his wife, "At 3:00 a.m., I was aroused from my sleep by an officer from Washington entering my tent, and after waking me up, saying he had come to give me trouble. At first, I thought it was either to relieve me or arrest me.... He then handed me a communication to read; which I found was an order relieving Hooker of command and assigning me to it.... As a soldier, I had nothing to do but accept and exert my utmost abilities to command success... I am moving at once against [Confederate Gen. Robert E.] Lee, who I am in hopes [Gen. Darius N.] Couch will at least check for a few days; if so, a battle will decide the fate of our country and our cause." Meade's words would prove
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 June 28, 1863.
Location. 39° 24.226′ N, 77° 26.328′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Himes Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Located at the east side entrance to Prospect Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major General George Gordon Meade (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); SGT David James Smith USMC (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); PFC James Moore Jr (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named PFC James Moore Jr (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Frederick (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock (approx. 0.9 miles away); Frederick County World War II Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of Prospect Hall, captioned, "A Union camp in June 1863, Prospect Hall had been a Confederate camp in 1862 and became a Confederate hospital after the Battle of Monocacy in 1864. Today, Prospect Hall serves as home to St. John's Literary Institute."
A portrait of Gen. Meade states, "Meade, known in some circles as 'Old Snapping Turtle' because of his sudden bursts of temper, was also known as a general who was not afraid to fight."
A portrait of Gen. Hooker describes, "Accidentally nicknamed 'Fighting Joe Hooker' in a news dispatch, he often quarreled with his superiors yet he was popular with his men."
A map on the right side depicts the "Positions of the Union Army of the Potomac, June 28, 1863. Gen. George G. Meade takes command of the Union army camped near Frederick. Gen Robert E. Lee's army is scattered across Pennsylvania." In addition locations of other Civil War Trails sites are stared on the map.
Also see . . . Prospect Hall (Frederick, Maryland). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on March 2, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,175 times since then and 316 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.