Williamsport in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Wagoners’ Fight
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Improvising reinforcements, Imboden organized about 700 of his wagoners into infantry companies under wounded officers, and commissaries and quartermasters. He positioned these makeshift soldiers on his right and left flanks and then bolstered the center of his line with 2,100 dismounted cavalrymen and 24 cannons, establishing a three-mile perimeter on a crescent-shaped ridge a half-mile west of Williamsport.
Meanwhile, two Union cavalry divisions almost 7,000 strong, galloped toward Williamsport to destroy the wagon train and cut off the Confederate escape route. Gen. John Buford’s division arrived first and attacked along this road at 4 p.m. For the next five hours, Buford probed Imboden’s line with carbine and artillery fire but failed to dislodge it. As darkness neared, word passed that Confederate cavalry reinforcements were arriving, and the Federals then retreated. The “Wagoners’ Fight” had prevented the capture of 4,000 Confederate
“As we could not retreat further, it was at once made known to the troops, that unless we should repel the threatened attack we should all become prisoners, and that the loss of his whole transportation would probably ruin General Lee” —Gen. John D. Imboden
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 34.764′ N, 77° 48.492′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Lappans Road (Maryland Route 68), on the left. Touch for map. At the entrance to the Williamsport Redmens Club, approximately 750 feet from the road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16129 Lappans Road, Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rose Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Canal Home (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lock 44 (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Bowie List (approx. 1˝ miles away); Murder of Dewitt Clinton Rench (Rentch) (approx. 1˝ miles away); Williamsport River View Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Williamsport (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Buford and Imboden, and a map of the tactical operations conducted during the battle.
Also see . . .
1. Imboden's Report of the Campaign. (Submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. An Essay of Buford's Cavalry in the Pursuit from Gettysburg. With a section on the action at Williamsport (Submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Battleground Today
Although not entirely erased, the ground contested on July 6, 1863 has changed considerably since the 19th Century. Interstate 81 runs just behind the Confederate positions and an industrial park now dominates the main part of the lines. The historical roadbeds are only traces, as the modern highways have taken paths better suited for motor traffic flow.
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,035 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 9, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.