Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Gettysburg Campaign —
After the Battle of Gettysburg, Federals passed through the town again while pursuing the Army of Northern Virginia. On July 5, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart rested his cavalrymen for an hour outside of Mechanicstown near Graceham to feed and water their tired horses at a grain mill. Learning of Union cavalry here to guard the pass over the mountain to Cavetown (on present-day Rte. 77), he rode around Mechanicstown on paths through Harbaugh Valley. In the confusion of troop movements, stories spread that the Confederates had actually occupied Mchanicstown.
Although this was a stressful time, most area residents kept up their courage. One of Stuart’s cavalrymen noticed that a little girl helping water the horses was crying. Assuming she was terrified, he assured her that she could stop crying because she was in no danger. The girl replied that
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 37.425′ N, 77° 24.698′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 77) and Water Street / North Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Located in Mechanicstown Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Creeger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurmont Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock (approx. 0.2 miles away); To the Unknown Dead (approx. ¼ mile away); Cunningham Falls (approx. 1.9 miles away); Making Whiskey (approx. 2 miles away); A Tradition of Conservation (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Fatal Shootout (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
More about this marker. The marker features a small picture of Thurmont from the early part of the 20th Century, captioned: The current name of Thurmont reflects the town’s location
Another photo is a 19th century view of Thurmont from the moutains (from the Thurmont Historical Society). Portraits of Gens. John Buford, Wesley Merritt, and J.E.B. Stuart are on the top center of the marker. And a map describing the Gettysburg campaign’s important landmarks and maneuvers is on the lower right corner.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Thurmont History Page. (Submitted on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Gen Merritt Biography. (Submitted on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,777 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on June 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on July 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on June 23, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.