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

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 
 
Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, December 17, 2021
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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Gettysburg Campaign and Corbit's Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 26, 2014
2. Gettysburg Campaign and Corbit's Marker
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Gen. Robert E. Lee; Gen. George G. Meade
(bottom) Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his staff approach Mercersburg - Ron Lesser, Artist
 
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. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
 
Location. 39° 34.185′ N, 76° 59.429′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North Court Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corbit's Charge (here, next to this marker); Votes for Women (here, next to this marker); The Loom House (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (about 600 feet away); Aftermath of Battle (about 600 feet away); Divided Loyalties (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on July 28, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022