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Union Bridge - Reynolds’ Last Journey

 
 
Union Bridge * * * Reynolds' Last Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
1. Union Bridge * * * Reynolds' Last Journey Marker
Inscription. Gettysburg Campaign Union Gen. John E. Reynolds was killed at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 while directing his command along the Chambersburg Turnpike in the early fighting. His body was carried to a house in town. Orderlies searched for a coffin but found only a too short marble-cutters box. One end was knocked out and the body laid in, and an ambulance carried it to Union Bridge, where the Western Maryland Railroad shops were established in 1862. At undertaker John Forney’s shop at 15 West Broadway, John Hollenberger, a pattern maker for the railroad built a coffin. The remains were packed in ice and placed aboard a train bound through Westminster to Baltimore, then routed to Philadelphia and finally Lancaster, Reynolds' home town.

At Westminster, the main supply depot for the Union army at Gettysburg, the car carrying Reynolds’ body stalled in the heavy military traffic. Gen. Herman Haupt, a fellow Pennsylvanian and chief of U. S. military railroads, arranged for the car to pass through to Baltimore unimpeded. Reynolds was interred in Lancaster Cemetery on July 4.

After the battle, thousands of wounded soldiers followed Reynolds’ route through Union Bridge to Baltimore on the Western Maryland Railroad. Railroad timetables to this day still identify the tracks just southeast of the station as the “Hospital
Union Bridge - Reynolds’ Last Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 21, 2015
2. Union Bridge - Reynolds’ Last Journey Marker
Looking south along Main Street
Tracks” of July 1863.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 34.237′ N, 77° 10.622′ W. Marker is in Union Bridge, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at Western Maryland Railroad Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Union Bridge MD 21791, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (here, next to this marker); World's First Reaping Machine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Ridge College Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elmer A. Wolfe High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of William Henry Rinehart (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Reaping Machine (approx. half a mile away); “Pipe Creek Meeting” (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union Bridge.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Western Maryland Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 14, 2007
3. Western Maryland Railroad Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,848 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 7, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on October 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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