Stuart Strikes the Rear

Stuart Strikes the Rear (HM5ZQ)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 49.727', W 77° 10.211'

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— July 3, 1863 - Third Day —

I...hoped to effect a surprise on the enemy's rear...."
Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, C.S.A.
Commander, Confederate Cavalry Division

On this high ground three miles east of Gettysburg, 6,300 Confederate cavalrymen under Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart took position on the afternoon of July 3. Their objective was to exploit the anticipated success of the Confederate infantry assault on Cemetery Ridge. Most of his troopers were concealed in the woods in front of you along Cress Ridge. Some were posted on foot in and around the Rummel Farm buildings visible ahead on your left.

About 2:00 p.m., Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg approached from your left and were fired on by Confederate cavalry near the Rummel barn. Union troopers of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry dismounted with their carbines, and a hot engagement began. Confederate horsemen charged the Union position, but Federal reinforcements held them at bay.

As the struggle for the Rummel farm evolved into a stalemate, Stuart determined to launch a major cavalry charge against Gregg's key position south and east of here near the Hanover Road (behind you to the right).
HM NumberHM5ZQ
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 314283 N 4411007
Decimal Degrees39.82878333, -77.17018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.727', W 77° 10.211'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 43.62" N, 77° 10' 12.66" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 680-698 Gregg Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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