McKnightstown in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Gettysburg: The Cashtown Road
In late June 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, advanced over South Mountain to the village of Cashtown. Tens of thousands of men, horses, cannons and wagons rumpled over this route, also known as the Chambersburg Pike, headed east towards Gettysburg. There they engaged the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George G. Meade. The Two armies clashed in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Residents along the road described the advance as “sounding like thunder”
In the early morning hours of July 4th, 1863, suffering defeat by the Army of the Potomac, General Lee ordered General John D. Imboden’s cavalry to protect a 17-mile long Confederate ambulance train in its retreat west along this same road, now known as Old Route 30. Enduring torrential rain, the wagon train of wounded soldiers and its defending cavalry and artillery force retreated through the Cashtown pass. Residents along the road again experienced the sounds of the movement, this time adding the thunderous noise of the
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Location. 39° 52.565′ N, 77° 20.375′ W. Marker is in McKnightstown, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (Old U.S. 30) and Flohrs Church Road, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 595 Flohrs Church Rd, Mc Knightstown PA 17343, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of School House and Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Roads West (approx. 1.2 miles away); Imboden's Brigade (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cashtown Inn (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.3 miles away); Manor of Maske (approx. 1.6 miles away); Robertson's Brigade (approx. 2.4 miles away); Twenty Sixth Pennsylvania Emergency Infantry (approx. 3.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.