Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Invasion & Retreat
—Maryland Civil War Trails —
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 map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Liberty Street, Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Divided Loyalties (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Westminster Depot (here, next to this marker); Mayor Joseph L. Mathias (a few steps from this marker); History Is Also Now (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neal Home (about 700 feet away); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rosser Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westminster MD War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.