Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade

Battle of Monterey Pass/Michigan Cavalry Brigade (HM1KV9)

Location: Waynesboro, PA 17268 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 44.275', W 77° 28.764'

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Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

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Battle of Monterey Pass

During a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade moved to intercept the retreating Army of Northern Virginia by attacking the miles-long wagon train of the Second Corps, and its cavalry escort at this location. The opposing troops collided in hand-to-hand combat in the narrow pass. The 5th Michigan Cavalry, led by Colonel Russell A. Alger, future Secretary of War and Michigan Governor, charged up the eastern slope an across Red Run Creek Bridge. Although "nothing was discernible a half dozen paces ahead," Union forces triumphed. By 3:00 A.M. they had taken many supplies and captured thirteen hundred Confederate prisoners.
Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center, Registered State site No. 728. 2012.This marker is the property of the State of Michigan.

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Michigan Cavalry Brigade

The Michigan Cavalry Brigade was formed in December 1862 of the 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan Cavalry regiments with General Joseph T. Copeland commanding. In June 1863 the addition of the 1st Michigan Cavalry and Battery M, 2nd U.S. Artillery, completed the brigade. On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, George A. Custer of Monroe assumed command with his promotion to brigadier general. On July 3, 1863, the brigade helped repulse General J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry. It fought in every major campaign of the Army of the Potomac until the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House in April 1865. Nine brigade members received Medals of Honor for heroism during the Civil War.

Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
Registered State Site No. 726, 2012
This marker is the property of the State of Michigan
HM NumberHM1KV9
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassBoth
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number728
Year Placed2012
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DOUGLAS MOWEN  [2] DOUGLAS MOWEN  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287531 N 4401607
Decimal Degrees39.73791667, -77.47940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.275', W 77° 28.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 16.5" N, 77° 28' 45.84" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 Buchanan Trail E, Waynesboro PA 17268, US
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