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Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade

Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
1. Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Inscription.
(side 1)
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.

(side 2)
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
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By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
2. Michigan Cavalry Brigade Marker
general. On July 3, 1863, the brigade helped repulse General J.E.B. Stuartís Confederate cavalry. It fought in every major campaign of the Army of the Potomac until the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House in April 1865. Nine brigade members received Medals of Honor for heroism during the Civil War.
Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
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
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By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
3. Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 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 (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
 
Michigan Cavalry Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
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4. Michigan Cavalry Brigade Marker
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5. Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
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6. Battle of Monterey Pass Marker
Battle of Monterey Pass-Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
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7. Battle of Monterey Pass-Visitor Center
Corporal Joseph Brubaker, Jr. Memorial marker mounted on the wall of the visitor center.
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8. Battle of Monterey Pass-Visitor Center
Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk image. Click for full size.
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9. Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk
Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk-right side image. Click for full size.
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10. Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk-right side
Welcome to the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park
Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk-left side image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
11. Michigan Cavalry Brigade Kiosk-left side
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on June 2, 2015.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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