Meade Takes Command

Meade Takes Command (HM171)

Location: Frederick, MD 21703 Frederick County
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N 39° 24.226', W 77° 26.328'

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"Come to give me trouble."

Near this spot, on the grounds of Prospect Hall, Union Gen. George Gordon Meade replaced Gen. Joesph "Fighting Joe" Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac on Sunday, June 28, 1863. Meade took command reluctantly because he was concerned about changing leaders in the middle of a campaign. Additionally, he felt his longtime friend Gen. John F. Reynolds was more capable and more deserving of the assignment.

Meade described his appointment in a letter to his wife, "At 3:00 a.m., I was aroused from my sleep by an officer from Washington entering my tent, and after waking me up, saying he had come to give me trouble. At first, I thought it was either to relieve me or arrest me.... He then handed me a communication to read; which I found was an order relieving Hooker of command and assigning me to it.... As a soldier, I had nothing to do but accept and exert my utmost abilities to command success... I am moving at once against [Confederate Gen. Robert E.] Lee, who I am in hopes [Gen. Darius N.] Couch will at least check for a few days; if so, a battle will decide the fate of our country and our cause." Meade's words would prove prophetic.
HM NumberHM171
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 6:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290013 N 4364422
Decimal Degrees39.40376667, -77.43880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.226', W 77° 26.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 13.56" N, 77° 26' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-599 Patton Cir, Frederick MD 21703, US
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