Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Square is Now Recaptured
The Scattered Debris of Battle
A few blocks to the north, nearly 400 mounted cavalrymen from New York and Pennsylvania had reformed under the command of Major John Hammond. Riding in a column, four horses abreast, they used several side streets to reach Abbottstown Street, now Broadway, before proceeding to the Center Square.
Members of the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment later recalled that Major Hammond led the charge into the Center Square "with drawn sabers." The Union "onslaught" of counterattacks was "sudden and strong." The battle-worn Confederates then began to retreat along Frederick Street as well as through the side streets and into the fields.
By the time the debris of battle was evident throughout the town. Scattered along the streets were many dead or dying horses and discarded weapons.
On Broadway side, the cellar under the drug store was entered through a large wooden door that lay flat or even with the pavement. Across the door the cavalry charged again and again. I recall how fearful my parents were, lest that cellar door should prove to weak to bear the weight of the horses
- Retrospect by Rev. Ambrose M. Schmidt
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 48.046′ N, 76° 58.98′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194) and Carlisle Street (Pennsylvania Route 94) on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is on the NE corner of the town square. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Hanover (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Hanover (a few steps from this marker); Market House (a few steps from this marker); Inventions of Hanover (within shouting distance of this marker); 19th Century Industrialization (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanover in the Revolutionary war (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard McAllister (within shouting distance of this marker); Digges' Choice, 1737 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
More about this marker. In the center is a portrait of Major John Hammond. In the upper right is a View of Center Square from intersection at York Street and Abbotstown/Broadway.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 54 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.