Diverting Federal Forces, July 1864In mid-June 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's corps drove Union Gen. David Hunter's army into West Virginia after the Battle of Lynchburg. On June 23 Early launched an incursion through Maryland against Washington, D.C., to draw Union troops from Richmond and Petersburg and then to release Confederate prisoners held at Point Lookout. After crossing the Potomac River on July 6, Early detached Gen. Bradley T. Johnson's cavalry brigade to raid eastward along with Maj. Harry Gilmor and his cavalry company, which fought several engagements near Baltimore. Several towns including Hagerstown were ransomed. Union Gen. Lew Wallace delayed Early at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9 as Federal reinforcements sent from Petersburg strengthened the capital's defenses. Early probed the lines there briefly on July 11-12, then withdrew to the Shenandoah Valley, where he stopped the Federals at Cool Spring on July 17-18. Despite failing to take Washington, Early's invasion succeeded in diverting Federal resources.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:48am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 265366 N 4371884|
|Decimal Degrees||39.46458333, -77.72738333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 27.875', W 77° 43.643'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 27' 52.50" N, 77° 43' 38.58" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville MD 21756, US|
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