Early's Washington Raid

Early's Washington Raid (HM145J)

Location: Keedysville, MD 21756 Washington County
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N 39° 27.875', W 77° 43.643'

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Diverting Federal Forces, July 1864

In mid-June 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's corps drove Union Gen. David Hunter's army into West Virginia after the Battle of Lynchburg. On June 23 Early launched an incursion through Maryland against Washington, D.C., to draw Union troops from Richmond and Petersburg and then to release Confederate prisoners held at Point Lookout. After crossing the Potomac River on July 6, Early detached Gen. Bradley T. Johnson's cavalry brigade to raid eastward along with Maj. Harry Gilmor and his cavalry company, which fought several engagements near Baltimore. Several towns including Hagerstown were ransomed. Union Gen. Lew Wallace delayed Early at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9 as Federal reinforcements sent from Petersburg strengthened the capital's defenses. Early probed the lines there briefly on July 11-12, then withdrew to the Shenandoah Valley, where he stopped the Federals at Cool Spring on July 17-18. Despite failing to take Washington, Early's invasion succeeded in diverting Federal resources.

You can follow in the steps of Early and Gilmor through Maryland to Baltimore and Washington and back to Virginia while visiting numerous sites related to the Washington Raid. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trails.

(Sidebar): The Newcomer House is the Exhibit and Visitor Center for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Named for Joshua Newcomer, the owner during the war, the house and barn are all that remain of what was once the prosperous Orndorff farmstead and mill complex.
HM NumberHM145J
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265366 N 4371884
Decimal Degrees39.46458333, -77.72738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 27.875', W 77° 43.643'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 27' 52.50" N, 77° 43' 38.58" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville MD 21756, US
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