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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Fighting House to House,

Yard to Yard

Fighting House to House, Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 20, 2012
1. Fighting House to House, Marker
Inscription. “Several others who were hidden in houses escaped by donning citizen’s clothing, and Private Anitpas H. Curtis (Company D), while so dressed, had the distinction of saluting General Lee in person.” George G. Benedict in “Vermont in the Civil War”, 1888.

When Sheriff Edward Mobley marched off to war in 1862, he moved his family from the jailer’s house on Jonathan Street to East Washington Street to be near his parents who lived here.

On July 6, 1863 Union cavalrymen entering the City from Funkstown encountered Confederate cavalry and infantry descending through the town from the north. A pitched battle in the streets ensued, blue and gray horsemen clashing in the streets, fighting from yard to yard and alley to alley. Union General Kilpatrick’s cavalry pushed the Confederates back as far as Church Street before the rebels were reinforced and counterattacked, driving the Union cavalry toward Williamsport.

During the counterattack, a detachment of troopers from the 1st Vermont Cavalry were cut off from the rest of their regiment while fighting through these yards. The Mobleys and their neighbors called the men into their homes and hid them for several days until the town was re-occupied by Union forces on July 13th. Some of the Vermonters were even loaned civilian clothes which allowed them to go out and mingle among the Confederate occupiers who assumed they were Hagerstown residents.
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 38.484′ N, 77° 43.014′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of E Washington St and Renaissance Way aka Cramer Alley, on the right when traveling east on E Washington St. Touch for map. Marker is in a parking lot on the south side of E Washington Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: near 31 E Washington Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ransom of Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hagerstown Ransomed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Battle of Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Battle of Hagerstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Treatment of the Wounded (approx. 0.2 miles away); A City Divided (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 318 times since then. Last updated on June 18, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photo   1. submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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