Harry Gilmor's Raid

Harry Gilmor's Raid (HM1G8W)

Location: Kingsville, MD 21087 Harford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 27.786', W 76° 23.328'

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What caused the "great excitement" in Harford County during the summer of 1864? It was the arrival of a detachment of the Confederate cavalrymen led by partisan Major Harry Gilmor. He and his troopers, mostly Marylanders, were part of a 12,000-man force under General Jubal A. Early that entered their home state from Virginia Shenandoah Valley earlier in July. Their purpose was to threaten the lightly defended city of Washington, D.C., in an attempt to draw off part of the Union army menacing Richmond and Petersburg, Va.

After brushing aside an inferior Federal force at the Battle of Monocacy, near Frederick, Maryland, Early detached his cavalry under General Bradley T. Johnson to ride around Washington eastern defenses and liberate Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout in Southern Maryland. Johnson then detached Gilmor to pass north and east of Baltimore and sever communications with the North. As Gilmor and his men rode, they burned houses and bridges, seized supplies, and on July 11, captured Union Gen. William B. Franklin, who escaped the next day. Arriving here at the village of Jerusalem Mill, they "requisitioned" from David Lee's (now McCourtney's) Store "boots, shoes, and other wearing apparel." They also seized Lee's horses. The Confederates then departed, soon rejoining the main body and returning to Virginia. Early's1864 Maryland campaign failed to breach the capital defenses or free prisoners, but it did lure substantial numbers of Federal troops away from Richmond and Petersburg to strengthen the Washington garrison.
HM NumberHM1G8W
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Historical PeriodCivil War, 19th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 380526 N 4369089
Decimal Degrees39.46310000, -76.38880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 27.786', W 76° 23.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 27' 47.1600" N, 76° 23' 19.6800" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2800 Jerusalem Rd, Kingsville MD 21087, US
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