St. Thomas Episcopal Church

St. Thomas Episcopal Church (HM58E)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 41.897', W 78° 10.671'

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Unintended Target

Before you, at the top of Church Street, stands St. Thomas Episcopal Church, which became an unintended target of Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's artillery on January 5-6, 1862. Jackson had led his force from Winchester, Virginia to destroy as much of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal as possible while driving Federal units before him to Hancock. He reached the Potomac River south of the town on January 5 and demanded that Gen. F. W. Lander and his Union command surrender, shelling them from Orrick's Hill (named for the home of Confederate congressman Johnson Orrick). When Union reinforcements arrived, Jackson decided to withdraw and march to Romney (in present-day West Virginia) on January 7. Before he departed, however, he ordered Col. Harry Gilmore to plunder a supply train of rifles, ammunition, and other supplies.

With Jackson's departure, the threat to Hancock ended. The U.S. troops here prevented a Confederate invasion of the North.
HM NumberHM58E
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 9:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 741972 N 4398078
Decimal Degrees39.69828333, -78.17785000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.897', W 78° 10.671'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 53.82" N, 78° 10' 40.26" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD 21750, US
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