Occupation of Shippensburg
The first major military engagement in Cumberland County during the Civil War took place in Shippensburg in the week leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. As the action moved close to Shippensburg many in the town climbed onto their rooftops to observe the fight and to avoid being mistaken for a soldier.
Confederate Brigadier General Albert Jenkins and is cavalry arrived in Shippensburg on the afternoon of June 23, 1863. Around 2 p.m. Captain William Boyd and his Union cavalry moved along Main Street, now King Street, under pressure from the Confederate forces, and by 3 p.m. the Confederates were in possession of the entire town.
After clearing Shippensburg of Union cavalry, Jenkins' troops scavenged the town for supplies. They found the tannery and home of William McLean and set about looking for any finished leather. McLean had hidden his leather in the false bottoms of his tanning vats, which the Confederates never found. Jenkins' troops also visited a grist mill which was on the north side of town where they seized an estimated $30,000 worth of flour and grain.
The Confederates camped in and near Shippensburg from June 23-27, when they began to move towards Carlisle.
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• Union Cavalry Captain William Boyd
• Street life in Shippensburg c. 1863
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 40° 3.025′ N, 77° 31.246′ W. Marker is in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (U.S. 11) and Earl Street, on the left when traveling west on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West King Street, Shippensburg PA 17257, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White-Washed in the Nick of Time: The Union (Sherman House) Hotel (here, next to this marker); Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863 (a few steps from this marker); General Samuel Sturgis: Hero of Antietam's Burnside Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifeline of the Valley: The Cumberland Valley Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Residence of George H. Stewart, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mc Lean House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shippensburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Galen J. Karper (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shippensburg.
Also see . . .
1. Shippensburg and the Civil War. (Submitted on July 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania Civil War Trails (Submitted on July 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.