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Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Hanover

 
 
The Battle of Hanover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, September 24, 2009
1. The Battle of Hanover Marker
Inscription. The engagement fought in Hanover may have had an effect on the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg. As General Robert E. Lee moved north toward Pennsylvania in June 1863, Major General J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry began to ride around the Union Army and gather information about Federal troop movements while also disrupting their communications and supplies. Then Stuart was to promptly report to Lee.

Along the way Stuart captured a large Union wagon train full of provisions, but it slowed him down. He crossed the Pennsylvania border only to find a portion of the Union Army between him and Lee, and had no way to report to his commander. Approaching Hanover on the morning of June 30, Stuart’s vanguard encountered a Union Calvary Division under Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick, which included Brigadier General George A. Custer’s Brigade. After severe fighting in the town’s streets, the Federal horsemen chased the rebels out of town.

Without news from Stuart, Lee had begun to concentrate his army around Gettysburg when he learned that the Federals were closing in. The wayward Stuart did not arrive until late on the battle’s second day.
 
Erected 2009 by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, www.VisitPA.com.
 
Marker series.
Southeast quadrant of the square circa 1910. image. Click for full size.
By Borough of Hanover
2. Southeast quadrant of the square circa 1910.
This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 48′ N, 76° 59′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Frederick Street (Route 194) and Baltimore Street and Frederick Street (Route 94, 194) on Frederick Street. Touch for map. Southeast corner of Center square. Marker is at or near this postal address: Center Square, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major General George Armstrong Custer (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilpatrick Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jacob Wirt House (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanover's Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle of Hanover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, September 24, 2009
3. The Battle of Hanover Marker
Behind the marker looking toward the Northwest quadrant of the square.
The Battle of Hanover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, September 24, 2009
4. The Battle of Hanover Marker
The marker is behind the gray car in the center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 938 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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