Near Fairfield in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fountain Dale
A small band of the Keystone Rangers (Co. "C", Coles Cavalry) under the command of Lt. William Horner volunteered themselves for scouting duty near Fairfield. On June 28th, a small mounted Confederate detail was searching for supplies and fresh horses when it was spotted by Horner's men. A clash then erupted between the two details. Sergeant Oliver A. Horner later recalled, "Fifteen of the Confederate Raiders were captured and some 20 horses were recovered". Some farms in the area reported horses, livestock and clothing being confiscated by these Confederate
The second battle of Fountain Dale took place on July 4th, during the retreat of the Confederate forces from Gettysburg. Kilpatrick's Federal Cavalry Division charged through the town of Fountain Dale, while the Confederate wagons were retreating from Gettysburg under the command of General Imboden. At Fountain Dale, the 1st Michigan Cavalry occupied the road leading from the right of town to Fairfield Gap, where the enemy was found.
A little before 9:00 pm the Federals came in contact with the Confederate 1st Maryland Cavalry under Captain Emack stationed near Fountain Dale with one cannon. At 9:00 pm Captain Emack ordered his small band of troops with only one cannon to attack the Federals. By 3:30 am General Kilpatrick and his men had pushed the Confederates back and gained the mountain summit.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 44.724′ N, 77° 27.227′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Waynesboro Road and Iron Springs Road, on the right when traveling north on Old Waynesboro Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of the Fountain Dale
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (here, next to this marker); The Battle Of Monterey Pass (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monterey Academy (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (was approx. 1.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); 10,000 Soldiers Fight at Monterey Pass (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Monterey Pass (approx. 1.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Before The Battle Of Gettysburg (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Monterey Pass. The Monterey Pass Battlefield Association provides an excellent driving tour guide of the area. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Battle for Fairfield Pass. Article detailing the fighting in (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,940 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.