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Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gettysburg Campaign

Invasion & Retreat

 
 
Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Marker
Inscription. After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland as his cavalry, led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, harassed Union supply lines to the east. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, replaced on June 28 by Gen. George G. Meade, led the Army of the Potomac from the Washington defenses in pursuit. The Federals collided with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, starting a battle neither side had intended to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating through Maryland, retracing their steps to the Potomac River and crossing into Virginia on July 14.

To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by any Welcome Center or local Visitor Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion & Retreat Civil War Trail map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.406′ N, 77° 55.691′ W.
Two Markers in Front of Phone Company Building image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Two Markers in Front of Phone Company Building
Marker is in Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Street (U.S. 40) and Mill Street (Maryland Route 68), on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Road Nurtures A Vision (here, next to this marker); Clear Spring (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Frederick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vital Crossroads (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
 
Also see . . .  The Gettysburg Campaign. From Dick Weeks's Shotgun's Home of the American Civil War. (Submitted on November 17, 2006.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,600 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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