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Monterey in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Monterey Pass

Custer Moves Forward

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 13, 2019
1. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Inscription.  At the Monterey Pass, Union General Judson Kilpatrick divided his cavalry division, sending portions of the 1st Michigan to Fairfield Gap to attack the wagon train as it entered the Maria Furnace Road. He also ordered the 1st Vermont Cavalry to attack the wagons as they entered the Cumberland Valley. General Kilpatrick ordered Union General George Custer to move forward and cut the wagon train in half as it entered the main turnpike ahead, and moved toward Ringgold, Maryland.

Nothing could have prepared the Union cavalry for what they would experience that night. As the Union cavalry moved into this area, all conventional warfare tactics would prove useless. As heavy fighting broke out in these woods, much of the fighting was in close proximity to the “inky darkness.”

The mountain terrain itself would be another obstacle for the Union cavalry as they deployed. Hillsides with rock cropping and underbrush mad it difficult to navigate through the woods. To make matters worse, the thunderstorm began to re-intensify, adding to the misery of the battlefield conditions.

Not knowing where your enemy was located until a bright flash of light from a muzzle near you would be the final touch of horror for the Union cavalry soldier. Cutting the wagon train in half would not be an easy task.
 
Location.
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By Larry Gertner, May 13, 2019
2. To the The Battle of Monterey Pass - Custer Moves Forward Marker
Rolando Woods Trail to the left; Billy Yank trail continues straight ahead.
39° 44.54′ N, 77° 28.446′ W. Marker is in Monterey, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Charmian Road near Buchanan Trail East/Waynesboro Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Rolando Woods Park, Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. 0.3 miles away); Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Raid On Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. Chronologically, this marker is first of a series on the Billy Yank Road.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 13, 2019
3. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
The marker is to the right as the trail levels off.
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4. Inset
Situation map
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5. Inset
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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