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Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Engagement at Westminster

War at the Almshouse

 

óGettysburg Campaign ó

 
Engagement at Westminster Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Engagement at Westminster Marker
Inscription. On June 29, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Leeís infantry was in Pennsylvania, and Gen. J.E.B. Stuartís cavalry arrived here on the outskirts of Westminster. Gen. Fitzhugh Leeís division led the column, which numbered 6,000 including cavalrymen and two horse artillery batteries. Prisoners captured at the blacksmith shop on Main Street told Lee that a small Union cavalry force occupied the town. Anticipating little resistance, he deployed skirmishers and sent the 3rd Virginia Cavalry and an artillery piece across the almshouse fields here. Before the troopers could get into position on Main Street near the railroad, however, Capt. Charles Corbitís Co. C and part of Co. D, 1st Delaware Cavalry, charged the Confederates near here on Washington Road. After sharp skirmishing, Stuart occupied Westminster.

A few days afterward, during the Battle of Gettysburg, a massive Union supply-wagon park filled the almshouse fields behind Green Street. Civilian Philip Fisher later wrote, “For a week, every hill and dale was covered with wagons in number perhaps five thousand. From seven to eight times as many mules and horses filled every pasture and meadow as far as the eye can reach from the Court House steeple.”

The almshouse, founded in 1852, served as the county home for the poor, disabled, and unwanted until the 1960s.
Marker at the Carroll County Farm Museum image. Click for full size.
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2. Marker at the Carroll County Farm Museum
The Carroll County Farm Museum was established here in 1965.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.615′ N, 76° 59.571′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on South Center Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is at the entrance to the Carroll County Farm Museum - Farm Museum Road. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carroll County Almshouse and Farm ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Corbitís Charge ( approx. half a mile away); Westminster MD Town Survey ( approx. half a mile away); Gettysburg Campaign ( approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Corbit's Charge ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Army of the Potomac ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Aftermath of Battle ( approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac ( approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo of the Carroll County Almshouse. On upper middle
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Close-up of Map on Marker
of the marker is a sketch captioned Supply Train.

The marker also features map of the Gettysburg campaign with the caption, Position of the Union Army of the Potomac June 30, 1863 (midday). The Union army continues north on the eve of the battle. Meade hopes to fight a defensive battle along Pipe Creek and plans for that. But events at Gettysburg the next day will not allow it. Robert E. Leeís army continues to concentrate and moves toward Gettysburg from several directions.
 
Also see . . .  Carroll County Farm Museum. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
<i>Carroll County Almshouse</i> image. Click for full size.
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4. Carroll County Almshouse
Courtesy of the Historical Society of Carroll County.
Carroll County Almshouse image. Click for full size.
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5. Carroll County Almshouse
View of the "Almshouse Fields" from Washington Road image. Click for full size.
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6. View of the "Almshouse Fields" from Washington Road
Looking southwest across Stoner Ave and S Center St - Almshouse is in center of photo
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,694 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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