Market & Patrick Streets

Market & Patrick Streets (HM17Z)

Location: Frederick, MD 21701 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 24.856', W 77° 24.637'

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"Scarcely any possibility of crossing the street"

— Gettysburg Campaign —

Frederick found itself occupied alternatively by Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War. Citizens who frequented this "Square Corner" of Market and Patrick Streets saw Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia march west from here on Patrick Street, the National Road, during Lee's September 1862 Maryland Campaign. They also saw Union Gen. George B. McClellan lead his army through town in pursuit. This first Southern invasion culminated in the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam.

On June 28, 1863, while newly appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac Gen. George G. Meade drew up plans for a pending confrontation with General Robert E. Lee, tens of thousands of Union troops encamped in the vicinity of Frederick. Within a day they headed north again, to the battle that erupted at Gettysburg, Pa. "All day Saturday the cavalry was passing up Market Street.... Saturday night we were kept awake by the noisy wagon trains and such a Sunday I never spent," wrote Union Gen. John F. Reynolds' cousin Catherine Reynolds Cramer, a Frederick resident. "There was scarcely any possibility of crossing the street for the countless multitudes who were pouring through."

Future mayor Jacob Englebrecht noted in his diary the next day that he "could not pass through Market Street....The streets are chucked full of wagons & cavalry & infantry... I should supposed say 70 or 80,000."
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HM NumberHM17Z
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:13am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 292471 N 4365522
Decimal Degrees39.41426667, -77.41061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.856', W 77° 24.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 51.36" N, 77° 24' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 N Market St, Frederick MD 21701, US
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