5,000 Confederate Cavalrymen Crossed
— Gettysburg Campaign —(Preface): After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's stunning victory at Chancellorsvile in May 1863, he led the Army of Northern Virginia west to the Shenandoah Valley, then north through central Maryland and across the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania. Union Gen. George G. Meade, who replaced Gen. Joseph Hooker on June 28, led the Army of the Potomac in pursuit. Confederate cavalry under Gen. J.E.B. Stuart cut Federal communication and rail lines and captured supplies. The armies collided at Gettysburg on July 1, starting a battle that neither general planned to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates retreated, crossing the Potomac River into Virginia on July 14.
|Placed By||Virginia Civl War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 298030 N 4325102|
|Decimal Degrees||39.05166667, -77.33400000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 3.1', W 77° 20.04'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 3' 6.00" N, 77° 20' 2.40" W|
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|Area Code(s)||703, 571|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 307 Potomac Heritage Trail, Sterling VA 20165, US|
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