Waynesboro in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade
Monterey Pass Battleﬁeld Park
Battle of Monterey Pass
During a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade moved to intercept the retreating Army of Northern Virginia by attacking the miles-long wagon train of the Second Corps, and its cavalry escort at this location. The opposing troops collided in hand-to-hand combat in the narrow pass. The 5th Michigan Cavalry, led by Colonel Russell A. Alger, future Secretary of War and Michigan Governor, charged up the eastern slope an across Red Run Creek Bridge. Although “nothing was discernible a half dozen paces ahead,” Union forces triumphed. By 3:00 A.M. they had taken many supplies and captured thirteen hundred Confederate prisoners. Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center, Registered State site No. 728. 2012.This marker is the property of the State of Michigan.
Michigan Cavalry Brigade
The Michigan Cavalry Brigade was formed in December 1862 of the 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan Cavalry regiments with General Joseph T. Copeland commanding. In June 1863 the addition of the 1st Michigan Cavalry and Battery M, 2nd U.S. Artillery, completed the brigade. On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, George A. Custer of Monroe assumed command with his promotion to brigadier
Registered State Site No. 726, 2012
This marker is the property of the State of Michigan
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 728.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 39° 44.274′ N, 77° 28.77′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Buchanan Trail East (Pennsylvania Route 16) and Charmian Road, on the right when traveling west on Buchanan Trail East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14325 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass Brown's Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Retreat From Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was about 300 feet away but has been reported missing. ).
Also see . . .
1. The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. (Submitted on June 2, 2015.)
2. Fight at Monterey Pass. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 2, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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