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Near Blue Ridge Summit in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Monterey Pass

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 15, 2010
1. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Inscription. After Captain Emack placed his troops near the Monterey House, Custer's men consisting of a portion of the 1st and 5th Michigan Cavalry began their advance. The 5th Michigan was sent toward the right to protect Kilpatrick's right flank. A small portion of the 1st Michigan Cavalry was ordered to dismount and continue on the main road, forcing Captain Emack's men to slowly fall back further westward until Custer's Brigade gained the eastern half of Monterey. Captain Emack had to withdraw his force back to eastern side of Maria Furnace Road (Known as the Devils Recourse on the map) where it connected to the Emmitsburg and Waynesboro Turnpike.

General Kilpatrick stopped at the Monterey House where David Miller and Jacob Baer were held as prisoners. Mr. Miller and General Kilpatrick discussed the roads of the area and where they led. Mr. Miller informed General Kilpatrick of Mount Zion Road that led into Smithsburg and Leitersburg. General Kilpatrick wanted to send a regiment of his cavalry down the western side of the mountain so they could try and cut off the Confederate wagon train. General Kilpatrick ordered Lt. Colonel Preston of the 1st Vermont Cavalry to take Mr. Buhrman as his guide and take the road leading to Smithsburg.

General Kilpatrick also ordered Colonel Town to take a regiment to head off the wagon train East
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By Larry Gertner, July 11, 2015
2. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
The original marker has been replaced by this newer marker with a different layout and text.
of Monterey. A portion of the 1st Michigan Cavalry under Lt. Colonel Peter Stagg was sent upon modern day Furnace Road that led to Fairfield Gap in order to try to head off the Confederate wagon train coming out of Fairfield.

As all of this was happening at the same time, General Kilpatrick had made plans of an attack from the east and west, he now had to concentrate on gaining the actual mountain pass of Monterey.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 44.327′ N, 77° 28.141′ W. Marker is near Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Charmain Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the Hawley Memorial Church. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (a few steps from this marker); Monterey Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass
The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 15, 2010
3. The Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
(approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. half a mile away); The Retreat From Gettysburg (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blue Ridge Summit.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Monterey Pass Battlefield Association. The association provides many resources including a guide to the battlefield. (Submitted on May 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Site of Monterey Inn image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 15, 2010
4. Site of Monterey Inn
The Inn stood near the intersection of Charmain Road and Monterey Lane, a short walk west of the marker location.
David Miller Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 15, 2010
5. David Miller Memorial
Located about 200 yards east of the church were the marker stands, this memorial recalls David Miller mentioned on the marker. It reads:
In rememberance of the kindness
of
David Miller
for thirty five years proprietor of
Clermont
this tablet has been placed
by his neighbors
A.D. 1900
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,445 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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