Old Frederick Road

Old Frederick Road (HM1PW)

Location: Rocky Ridge, MD 21778 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.493', W 77° 21.119'

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A Short Night's Rest

Late in June 1863, the Union Army of the Potomac pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it invaded the North for the second time in as many years. On Sunday, June 28, Union Gen. Oliver O. Howard's XI Corps broke camp in the Middletown Valley, crossed the Catoctin Mountain, and bivouacked late in the day at Worman's Mill, two miles beyond Frederick at the junction of the Emmitsburg Turnpike. The men got a short night's rest, and they began marching north in the rain at 4 a.m. the next morning. The corps marched on the Old Frederick Road, paralleling the route of I Corps a mile west and that of the III and XII Corps and commanding Gen. George G. Meade to the east. Residents of the village of Graceham stood along the Old Frederick Road and greeted the marching men in blue at the road junction just north of here. Eighteen miles after breaking camp, the corps bivouacked in Emmitsburg.

After the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union V Corps and Meade traveled the Old Frederick Road as Lee retreated to Virginia. On July 5, Meade made his headquarters in Creagerstown for the night and sent a dispatch to Washington. He wrote that he would be in Frederick the next evening and asked that reinforcements "be thrown to Harper's Ferry by rail as soon as possible.... It is of importance to get possession of South Mountain passes and Maryland Heights." Despite Meade's efforts, however, Lee escaped.
HM NumberHM1PW
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 9:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298082 N 4386917
Decimal Degrees39.60821667, -77.35198333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.493', W 77° 21.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 29.58" N, 77° 21' 7.14" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13548-13598 Old Frederick Rd, Rocky Ridge MD 21778, US
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