Manchester (HM1FKM)

Location: Manchester, MD 21102 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 39.734', W 76° 53.463'

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Meade's Pipe Creek Plan

— Gettysburg Campaign —

On June 29, 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade ordered the Army of the Potomac to Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore by Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and to engage the Confederates in battle. Meade was uncertain of Lee's strength or location.

The Federal right flank rested here at Manchester, the center of Union Mills and the left at Middleburg. Gen. John Sedgwick's VI Corps, Meade's largest occupied the position with 15,000 men on June 30, after marching from New Windsor through Westminster. Soon the landscape here was dotted for miles with tents and campfires. Manchester's kind citizens brought bread, cakes, pies, and milk to the exhausted and footsore soldiers, some of whom lacked shoes. The next day the men rested, cleaned their weapons, and drew sixty rounds of ammunition each. Late in the evening, the order came to march again. VI Corps retraced its steps in the direction of Westminster to intersect Littlestown Turnpike and then marched north. The 34-mile march from Manchester in darkness and then under a scorching sun to Gettysburg was one of the longest and fastest marches of the Civil War.


(lower left) Straggler

(upper right) Gen. George G. Meade and Gen. John Sedgwick
Additional InformationFollow Maryland Civil War Trails sign to take badly paved road down to small park area.
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMilitary Installation
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2014
2. Close up of map shown on the markerPosition of the Union Army of the Potomac June 23, 1863 (midday), New Union commander Gen. George G Meade orders his army north with two objectives. Engage the Confederate Army under the best possible conditions while protecting Washington, D.C.

Learning that the Union army was close and getting closer, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee orders his army to consolidate somewhere near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.  Marker ConditionNo reports yet Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 7:49am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 337782 N 4391978
Decimal Degrees39.66223333, -76.89105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.734', W 76° 53.463'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 44.0400" N, 76° 53' 27.7800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)443, 410
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2969 MD-27, Manchester MD 21102, US
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