Shippensburg Civil War TrailThe Cumberland Valley Railroad operated between Harrisburg and Virginia beginning in the 1830s, and during the Civil War it permitted the Union to move troops and supplies rapidly up and down the valley. The railroad's tracks ran down the center of Earl Street, also known as Railroad Street. Before Antietam, Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton ordered the railroad to transport a load of ammunition from Harrisburg to Hagerstown, "to be run through with the fastest possible speed...as General McClellan needs the ammunition to be used in the battle fought tomorrow." On September 16, 1862, that ammunition train rushed through Shippensburg, reaching its destination in record time. The railroad also provided the Union with important logistical support during the Confederate invasion of 1863. On June 19, Captain Boyd's 1st New York Cavalry detrained in Shippensburg and then continued south to delay the Confederate advance. The railroad sustained considerable damage during the Confederate invasion, including the destruction of its Scotland Bridge across the Conococheague Creek south of Shippensburg.
|Placed By||Shippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, University, et al|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 284973 N 4436429|
|Decimal Degrees||40.05070000, -77.52078333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 3.042', W 77° 31.247'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 3' 2.52" N, 77° 31' 14.82" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 14 PA-696, Shippensburg PA 17257, US|
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