The Skirmish of Oyster’s Point
Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29, 1863
The nearby community was known as White Hall, consisting of about a dozen homes. In the days before the Confederate arrival, Union militia had looted and plundered the local homes and farmsteads. “It seemed as if our soldiers thought they were in an enemy’s country”, recalled one exasperated local. “The contents of the store of David Denlinger were strewn along the picket line… Packages of tea, coffee, muslin and calico could have been obtained… with but the asking for them….” The New Yorkers
Fighting at Oyster’s Point commenced in the early afternoon of June 28, 1863. Confederates lobbed artillery shells into the vicinity from the Peace Church and the Samuel Albright House on East 36th Street. Confederate skirmishers were countered both north and south of the Pike by Union pickets, and the lines moved back and forth throughout the afternoon, with skirmishing primarily between the 3100 and 3300 blocks of Market Street. On June 29, General Jenkins was under orders to scout the defenses of Harrisburg and inform the infantry in Carlisle, and therefore devised a ruse. For about two hours he bombarded the Union position, and then some Confederates on horseback charged down the Pike, driving back frightened Union militia, and getting as far as Limekiln Lane (present-day 28th Street, Camp Hill). This marked the furthest advance towards Harrisburg by any Confederate force. They remained under fire for at least another hour, effectively occupying the Union attention while General Jenkins rode south to observe the defenses of Harrisburg.
Erected by Camp Curtin Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White Hall School (here, next to this marker); Cumberland Riflemen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maurice K. Goddard (about 300 feet away); Camp Hill Church of God (approx. ¼ mile away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Whitehill (1735 - 1813) (approx. half a mile away); Camp Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lemoyne (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camp Hill.
Also see . . . Gettysburg Campaign: Oyster Point Historical Marker. from Explore PA History (Submitted on April 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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