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Dickerson in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 
 
Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
1. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
Inscription.  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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Markers at the Monocacy River Ford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
2. Markers at the Monocacy River Ford
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, and the Maryland, Gettysburg Campaign: Invasion & Retreat series lists.
 
Location. 39° 14.606′ N, 77° 26.344′ W. Marker is in Dickerson, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Dickerson Road (State Highway 28), on the right when traveling west. Located on the east side of the Monocacy River bridge in a river access parking lot. The marker's location is in Frederick County, although the closest town is Dickerson in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. 1˝ miles away); Monocacy Aqueduct (approx. 1.6 miles away); Springing Over the Monocacy / The Enduring Aqueduct (approx. 1.7 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sugar Loaf Mountain (approx. 2˝ miles away); Sugarloaf Mountain (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
 
More about this marker. The maker features a map of depicting unit movements during the campaign and other Civil War Trails locations. The map has portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee and George G. Meade. A painting depicts a scene from the campaign with the caption, “Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his staff approach Mercerburg.”
 
Regarding Gettysburg Campaign. This is one of the standard Gettysburg Campaign markers
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used throughout Maryland and Virginia, and is duplicated at other locations.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Trails - The Gettysburg Campaign. Details of the Gettysburg Campaign Tour marked by the Civil War Trails Markers. (Submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,533 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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