Retreat from Gettysburg

Retreat from Gettysburg (HMDQR)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 38.414', W 77° 43.31'

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St. John's Lutheran Church was erected in 1795. During the Civil War on July 6, 1863, cavalry of both armies clashed in the streets of Hagerstown from noon until dark. Observers recorded that the streets were full of dead and wounded soldiers and dead horses and the buildings were pock-marked with bullet holes.

Confederate troops occupied the town until July 12, when driven out by Union forces including General George Armstrong Custer's Michigan cavalry brigade, which forced the Confederates out to the western edge of town. Federal General Oliver O. Howard (later a founder and early president of Howard University) observed Confederate positions south of town from the St. John's church bell tower.
Placed ByMaryland Heritage Area
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 2:59am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266433 N 4391368
Decimal Degrees39.64023333, -77.72183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.414', W 77° 43.31'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 24.84" N, 77° 43' 18.60" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 119 S Potomac St, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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