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

Union Mills

"Shining lights"

 

— Gettysburg Campaign —

 
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By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
1. Union Mills "Shining lights" Marker
Inscription.  
At daybreak on June 30, 1863, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart arrived here from his bivouac at the Orendorff farm north of Westminster. He then gathered his brigade commanders to discuss Union Gen. Judson H. Kilpatrick’s cavalry division, which was encamped seven miles north at Littlestown but had been reported marching east toward Hanover.

Southern sympathizer William Shriver, whose slave-owning brother Andrew K. Shriver lived across the Littlestown Turnpike and supported the Union, invited Stuart to have breakfast with his family. William, who opposed slavery had six sons in the Confederate army. Shriver’s daughter Sally later wrote, “Our table [was] surrounded by so many shining lights—Majors, Colonels, Captains, Doctors, and to crown all, those two noble Generals (Fitzhugh) Lee and Stuart who sang ‘If you want to be a bully boy, join the cavalry’.” Stuart asked sixteen year old T. Herbert Shriver to act as a guide on the roads to Hanover. In exchange, he said, he would sponsor him to the Virginia Military Institute (the next year, Cadet Shriver fought in the May 15 Battle of New Market).

After breakfast,
View of three Civil War Markers along Mill Race to Big Pipe Creek. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
2. View of three Civil War Markers along Mill Race to Big Pipe Creek.
the Confederates set off toward Hanover. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s brigade took the Littlestown Turnpike and screened the left flank of Col. John R. Chambliss’ brigade on Old Hanover Road. Gen Wade Hampton’s brigade followed Chambliss and guarded a captured Union wagon train.

[Captions:]
David Keener Shriver, a son of Andrew K. Shriver, served in Co. I, 7th Pa. Reserves. Captured and confined at Florence, S.C. and Andersonville, Ga., he survived and returned to Westminster after the warHistorical Society of Carroll County

Mark Owings Shriver, a son of William Shriver, enlisted in Co. K, 1st Va. Cavalry, and later served in 1st Md. Cavalry (CSA)Historical Society of Carroll County

 
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. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 40.015′ N, 77° 1.054′ W. Marker was in Union Mills, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker could be reached from Littlestown Pike (Maryland Route 97). Marker was in the park next to
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the Miller’s House. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster MD 21158, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Defiance at Union Mills (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Union Mills (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Union Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania (approx. 4.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Just Government League (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union Mills.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,750 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 27, 2021