Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Shelling of Carlisle
Walking Tour Stop 11
The next day, July 1, the townspeople cheered the arrival of Major General William Smith's four regiments of Federal militiamen, but their joy was short-lived. Late that afternoon, Major General J.E.B. Stuart and 3,500 rebel cavalrymen appeared at the intersection of York and Trindle roads. The rebels unlimbered their artillery, demanded the surrender of the town, and threatened to burn it. General Smith refused, the artillerymen let fly, and townspeople and militiamen alike scattered for shelter. Over the next few hours, shells struck the columns of the courthouse, blew holes in the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches, damaged numerous other properties, and wounded a few unlucky souls near the square, including twelve militiamen. After setting fire to the U.S. Army's Carlisle Barracks, Stuart's men disappeared to the south, ordered to Gettysburg. The threat had ended.
Although most of the damage done by the rebel shells was long ago repaired, scars can still be seen here on the facade of
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Location. 40° 12.076′ N, 77° 11.357′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Hanover Street (State Highway 34) and High Street (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south on Hanover Street. Touch for map. Marker is just north of the county courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cumberland County ( here, next to this marker); Forbes Trail ( here, next to this marker); China Burma India Veteran's Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Carlisle Public Square ( a few steps from this marker); Cumberland County Civil War Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Market House Square ( within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle Court House ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . . Historic Carlisle Inc. - recognizing and promoting the history of Carlisle, PA. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Alan Duxbury of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.)
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