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Taneytown in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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“Mount and Spur for Gettysburg”

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 5, 2013
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Inscription. Whitelaw Reid, a Civil War correspondent, began reporting for The Cincinnati Gazette in 1862. On June 30, 1863, Reid took the train from Washington, D.C, and traveled to General George Gordon Meadeís headquarters just outside of Taneytown on the following day. While in the Generalís company, Reid interviewed him about his battle plans. Reid also observed the soldiers as they prepared for battle, and his report conveyed the urgency they felt. Reid was able to send his July 1 dispatch by courier from a Taneytown tavern to the Frederick telegraph office. From a nearby road later that day, Reid watched the soldiers march from Taneytown to Gettysburg, noting the “masses of blue coats toiling forward.” Besides watching the fighting from Cemetery Hill on July 2 and 3, Reid also traveled the battlefield to speak to four Union commanders to learn about the fighting on July 1. The place of the battle caused him to write feverously scratched notes describing the sounds and sights of the battle. On July 8, his story about the Battle of Gettysburg appeared on the front page of The Cincinnati Gazette under the byline “Agate.” (Inscription of the photo in the upper left side of the marker) After the Civil War Whitelaw Reid had his portrait taken by Mathew Brady. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. (Inscription of the
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photo in the center of the marker) The telegraph pictured here is similar to the one used to send Whitelaw Reidís stories to the Cincinnati Gazette in 1863. Courtesy of the Monocacy National Battlefield, National Park Service.
 
Erected by Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 39.367′ N, 77° 10.333′ W. Marker is in Taneytown, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on East Baltimore Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taneytown MD 21787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Painting the Town Red (approx. 0.2 miles away); Everything from Bags of Flour to the President's Shoes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zile's Ice Cream (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Heart of Our Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Adam Good Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); Everyone is Welcome (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Steps of the Sisters" (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1st Lieutenant John E. Buffington (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taneytown.
 
Also see . . .  Whitelaw Reid. Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, May 5, 2013
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(Inscription regarding the map photo) General Meadeís initial battle plan centered on troops stationed south of Taneytown. When the battle began in Gettysburg, instead, he ordered his troops to join the fight there. Courtesy of Historical Society of Carroll County
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By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
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The telegraph pictured here is similar to the one used to send Whitelaw Reid's stories to the Cincinnati Gazette in 1863.
Close-up of photo on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, January 2, 2015
5. Whitelaw Reid
After the Civil War Whitelaw Reid had his portrait taken by Mathew Brady.
Close-up of Brady photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5. submitted on January 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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