The Square is Now Recaptured

The Square is Now Recaptured (HM2RK)

Location: Hanover, PA 17331 York County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 48.046', W 76° 58.98'

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The Scattered Debris of Battle

From Hanover's Center Square, major roads radiate to York, Baltimore, Frederick and Carlisle. For the second time that day the Center Square would become the scene of brutal combat.

A few blocks to the north, nearly 400 mounted cavalrymen from New York and Pennsylvania had reformed under the command of Major John Hammond. Riding in a column, four horses abreast, they used several side streets to reach Abbottstown Street, now Broadway, before proceeding to the Center Square.

Members of the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment later recalled that Major Hammond led the charge into the Center Square "with drawn sabers." The Union "onslaught" of counterattacks was "sudden and strong." The battle-worn Confederates then began to retreat along Frederick Street as well as through the side streets and into the fields.

By the time the debris of battle was evident throughout the town. Scattered along the streets were many dead or dying horses and discarded weapons.

On Broadway side, the cellar under the drug store was entered through a large wooden door that lay flat or even with the pavement. Across the door the cavalry charged again and again. I recall how fearful my parents were, lest that cellar door should prove to weak to bear the weight of the horses
- Retrospect by Rev. Ambrose M. Schmidt
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HM NumberHM2RK
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Battle of Hanover Walking Tour series
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:19pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330234 N 4407525
Decimal Degrees39.80076667, -76.98300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.046', W 76° 58.98'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 2.76" N, 76° 58' 58.80" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 65-99 Center Square, Hanover PA 17331, US
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