Capital Of The Keystone State Preserved!Harrisburg was one of the prizes Robert E. Lee's army was after. Home to Camp Curtin, the largest Northern training camp of the war, Harrisburg's network of railroads was vital for moving troops and supplies for the Union war effort. The capital of a northern state, its capture may have led to official recognition of the Confederacy by Europe. The psychological blow of losing Harrisburg could have affected the upcoming elections, strengthening the support for a negotiated peace. Any of these might have left the Confederacy intact. Despite fighting small skirmishes within a few miles of Harrisburg, the majority of Lee's army never made it to the city, and the decisive battle of the war would be fought in Gettysburg.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Pennsylvania Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 339977 N 4458288|
|Decimal Degrees||40.25976667, -76.88178333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 15.586', W 76° 52.907'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 15' 35.16" N, 76° 52' 54.42" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 200-208 Market St, Harrisburg PA 17101, US|
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