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Near Rocky Ridge in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Frederick Road

A Short Night’s Rest

 
 
Old Frederick Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
1. Old Frederick Road Marker
Inscription. Late in June 1863, the Union Army of the Potomac pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it invaded the North for the second time in as many years. On Sunday, June 28, Union Gen. Oliver O. Howard's XI Corps broke camp in the Middletown Valley, crossed the Catoctin Mountain, and bivouacked late in the day at Worman's Mill, two miles beyond Frederick at the junction of the Emmitsburg Turnpike. The men got a short night's rest, and they began marching north in the rain at 4 a.m. the next morning. The corps marched on the Old Frederick Road, paralleling the route of I Corps a mile west and that of the III and XII Corps and commanding Gen. George G. Meade to the east. Residents of the village of Graceham stood along the Old Frederick Road and greeted the marching men in blue at the road junction just north of here. Eighteen miles after breaking camp, the corps bivouacked in Emmitsburg.

After the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union V Corps and Meade traveled the Old Frederick Road as Lee retreated to Virginia. On July 5, Meade made his headquarters in Creagerstown for the night and sent a dispatch to Washington. He wrote that he would be in Frederick the next evening and asked that reinforcements "be thrown to Harper's Ferry by rail as soon as possible.... It is of importance to get possession of South Mountain passes and
Gettysburg Campaign Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2010
2. Gettysburg Campaign Map
Caption:
Position of the Union Army of the Potomac June 29, 1863 (afternoon). New Union commander Gen. George G. Meade orders his army north with two objectives: Engage the Confederate army under the best possible conditions while protecting Washington, D.C.

Learning that the Union army was close and getting closer, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee orders his army to concentrate somewhere near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.
Maryland Heights." Despite Meade's efforts, however, Lee escaped.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 36.493′ N, 77° 21.119′ W. Marker is near Rocky Ridge, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Old Frederick Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Loy's Station Park parking lot, just off the road. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Ridge MD 21778, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thurmont Memorial Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock (approx. 3.3 miles away); Thurmont (approx. 3.4 miles away); Creeger House (approx. 3.4 miles away); To the Unknown Dead (approx. 3.5 miles away); George Washington (approx. 4.3 miles away); Catoctin Iron Furnace (approx. 4.8 miles away); Cunningham Falls (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photograph of "This 1848 covered bridge" which "is one of three remaining in Frederick County." Portraits of Gens. Oliver O. Howard and George G. Meade are in the upper center of the marker. A map of the area showing Federal movements during the Gettysburg campaign is in the lower right
Old Frederick Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2010
3. Old Frederick Road Marker
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Also see . . .
1. Loy's Station Coverd Bridge. History of the bridge. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Frederick Bridges, Uncovered. Washington Post article on the covered bridges of Frederick County, MD. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Loy's Station Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
4. Loy's Station Covered Bridge
Interior of Loy's Station Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
5. Interior of Loy's Station Covered Bridge
Loy's Station Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
6. Loy's Station Covered Bridge
The two span bridge is ninety feet long.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,429 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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