Union Bridge - Reynolds' Last Journey

Union Bridge - Reynolds' Last Journey (HM1DR)

Location: Union Bridge, MD 21791 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 34.237', W 77° 10.622'

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Gettysburg CampaignUnion Gen. John E. Reynolds was killed at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 while directing his command along the Chambersburg Turnpike in the early fighting. His body was carried to a house in town. Orderlies searched for a coffin but found only a too short marble-cutters box. One end was knocked out and the body laid in, and an ambulance carried it to Union Bridge, where the Western Maryland Railroad shops were established in 1862. At undertaker John Forney's shop at 15 West Broadway, John Hollenberger, a pattern maker for the railroad built a coffin. The remains were packed in ice and placed aboard a train bound through Westminster to Baltimore, then routed to Philadelphia and finally Lancaster, Reynolds' home town.

At Westminster, the main supply depot for the Union army at Gettysburg, the car carrying Reynolds' body stalled in the heavy military traffic. Gen. Herman Haupt, a fellow Pennsylvanian and chief of U. S. military railroads, arranged for the car to pass through to Baltimore unimpeded. Reynolds was interred in Lancaster Cemetery on July 4.

After the battle, thousands of wounded soldiers followed Reynolds' route through Union Bridge to Baltimore on the Western Maryland Railroad. Railroad timetables to this day still identify the tracks just southeast of the station as the "Hospital Tracks" of July 1863.
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Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313001 N 4382365
Decimal Degrees39.57061667, -77.17703333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 34.237', W 77° 10.622'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 34' 14.22" N, 77° 10' 37.32" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43-45 N Main St, Union Bridge MD 21791, US
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