Vicious Fighting in the Streets
— Gettysburg Campaign —Combat raged here in the town square and in adjoining city blocks for six hours on Monday, July 6, 1863. Holding Hagerstown was crucial to Gen. Robert E. Lee's retreat to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg. If the Confederates lost this crossroads town, Lee's access to the Potomac River would be seriously hampered. The Federals recognized Hagertown's importance, and just before noon Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick's cavalry division galloped north on Potomac Street. It charged into three Virginia brigades, and each side fed reinforcements into what became a wild melee of mounted charges and dismounted duels.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:19am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 266612 N 4391639|
|Decimal Degrees||39.64271667, -77.71985000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 38.563', W 77° 43.191'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 38' 33.78" N, 77° 43' 11.46" W|
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|Area Code(s)||240, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 45-99 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US|
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