Sterrett's Gap in Perry County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders / Confederate Soldiers Farthest Advance
The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders
who entered Perry County through this pass, known as Sterrett's Gap (originally Croghan's Gap, named for George Croghan, pioneer trader and Indian intepreter), later crossing the Juniata River at Reider's Ferry (now Newport), bearing orders from the United States War Department to the forces at the front of the Canadian border during the war with Great Britain (1812-1814).
Confederate Soldiers Farthest Advance
into the North during the Civil War (1861-1865) was on this road to Carlisle, one and one-fourth miles southwest of this marker on June 27, 1863, four days before the Battle of Gettysburg. At that time Perry Countians swarmed to the mountain pass here, hastily fortified it and awaited the Confederates.
Erected 1940 by Perry County Historical Society.
Location. 40° 17.72′ N, 77° 7.995′ W. Marker is in Sterrett's Gap, Pennsylvania, in Perry County. Marker is on Spring Road (Pennsylvania Route 34) near Sunnyside Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is at Sterrett's Gap. Marker is in this post office area: Shermans Dale PA 17090, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least The Farthest North (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stony Ridge Convention (approx. 4.6 miles away); William Bigler (approx. 4.7 miles away); Dromgold Farm (approx. 4.7 miles away); Reformed Presbyterian Church (approx. 5 miles away); John Bannister Gibson (approx. 5.7 miles away); a different marker also named John Bannister Gibson (approx. 5.7 miles away); Truscott Hall (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812 • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.