Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mount Saint Mary's College
Mount Saint Mary's College
Quote from Helmans History of Emmitsburg:
"- The great fire occurred June 15th, 1863 it originated in the livery stable of Guthrie & Beam, consuming over fifty buildings in all; the fire commenced at eleven o'clock in the night, did not get it under control until seven in the morning; the hotel was the last to burn. People in the country heard the Church bells ring; some came within a mile of town, looking at the blazing houses, but feared to come in, as they thought the rebel army had fired it, as they had done Chambersburg. Word was sent to the College after midnight, when Rev. John McClosky called all the larger boys and hands together, bringing them in to assist; they came in time, as the citizens were fagged and tired; they worked manfully at the engine and in supplying water."
Erected by Emmitsburg Community.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 42.115′ N, 77° 19.67′ W. Marker was in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker was on South Seton Avenue (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Emmitsburg Sisters of Charity (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John F. Reynolds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daughters of Charity (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Valley Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
Also see . . .
1. Mount Saint Mary's College History. The college is currently (2008) celebrating it's bicentennial. (Submitted on July 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Great Fire Destroyed 1/3 of Emmitsburg. News article discussing the event. (Submitted on July 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Burning of Chambersburg
The quote mentions the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. However, the town in Pennsylvania, was not burned by the Confederates until a year later (1864). One should also note, although the Confederate armies were in full motion by June 15, 1863, most were still well south of the Potomac engaged in fighting around the city of Winchester and Loudoun County, Virginia.
— Submitted July 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Categories. • Disasters • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,403 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.