New Market in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roads to Gettysburg
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 less than a year after the Antietam Campaign. On Monday, June 29, the Federal corps marched north toward Pennsylvania on parallel roads like the fingers of a glove, after being ordered to stay between Lee and the large Northern cities.
Gen. John F. Reynolds led I Corps west of Frederick on Emmitsburg Road (present-day U.S. Rte. 15), while Gen. Oliver O. Howard and XI Corps tramped Old Frederick Road to Emmitsburg. Commanding Gen. George G. Meade, with III and XII Corps and the artillery reserve moved on what is now Rte. 194, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps and Meade's V Corps (soon placed under Gen. George Sykes) marched norteastward along present-day Rte. 26 to Liberty and Unionville. Gen. John Sedgwick's VI Corps, which guarded the army's right flank, moved by here to Mount Airy and Westminster, reaching Manchester on June 30. The next day, the corps began an epic 34-mile march to Gettysburg and arrived late in the afternoon of July 2.
A soldier in the 37th Massachusetts Infantry, VI Corps, later wrote that on entering New Market, "two or three young ladies were discovered standing in front of their home waving small Union flags. It was an electrifying sight,
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 22.978′ N, 77° 16.282′ W. Marker is in New Market, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 144), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 East Main Street, New Market MD 21774, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 13 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); New Market in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named New Market (within shouting distance of this marker); 9 West Main Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 5 West Main Street (about 400 feet away); 3 West Main Street (about 400 feet away); a different marker also New Market in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mile Stones of the old National Pike (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker displays portraits of Gens. Meade, Reynolds, Howard, Hancock, Sykes, and Sedgwick. A map showing the routes taken by the Union armies pursuing to Gettysburg is on the lower right, captioned, "Position of the Union Army of the Potomac June 29, 1863 (midday). 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 consolidate somewhere near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border."
Regarding New Market. Main Street is also the path of the Old National Road through New Market, MD.
Also see . . . History of New Market, Maryland. (Submitted on December 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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