Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pressed into Service
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Haupt made a covered wagon his temporary office and quickly created a military supply depot here. Four hundred Railroad Construction Corpsmen soon arrived from Alexandria, Virginia, with lanterns, buckets and rails. They hauled water from a nearby impoundment and brought in firewood for the steam locomotives. Soon 30 trains in 5-train convoys moved 1,500 tons of supplies and ammunition in 150 cars daily from Baltimore to Westminster. Previously, the single-track line, completed in 1861, had carried only four trains a day. Within two days, the army’s needs were more than met, and excess supplies went to Gettysburg hospitals. Thousands of Union wounded and almost 7,000 Confederate prisoners passed through the Westminster depot July 1-7.
Ellen Orbison Harris of the Philadelphia Ladies Aid Society wrote
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.772′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and West Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Touch for map. 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. Divided Loyalties (here, next to this marker); Mayor Joseph L. Mathias (a few steps from this marker); Neal Home (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westminster MD War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Opera House (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Final Tribute (approx. half a mile away); Army of the Potomac (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
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Also see . . . Brig. General Herman Haupt. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,612 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.