Battle of Monterey Pass (Wild & Desolate)

Battle of Monterey Pass (Wild & Desolate) (HM1S8Y)

Location: Waynesboro, PA 17268 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 44.301', W 77° 28.770'

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A Wild And Desolate Scene

The 1st West Virginia Cavalry arrived and were ordered to charge the Confederate cannon on this side of the bridge. Seeing the West Virginians in their front, Confederate Captain William Tanner ordered the cannon to fire its last two shots before the gun was captured. Immediately thereafter, the West Virginians, supported by portions of Custer's brigade, began storming through the long line of wagons. In some instances they were ordered to shoot the lead horses of the wagon train, putting a halt to their escape, while collecting their bounty and setting fire to many Confederate wagons.

As the Union cavalry descended South Mountain, area citizens witnessed a Fourth of July like no other. They saw the fires from the wagons extending from Monterey Pass down South Mountain and continuing into Maryland, when the battle finally ended at Ringgold just after dawn. They were also able to see the fires extending from Leitersburg to Ringgold, as the 1st Vermont Cavalry cut its own path of destruction through the wagons that were the head of the column, moving toward Williamsport, Maryland.
HM NumberHM1S8Y
Series This marker is part of the series
Historical Period19th Century, Civil War
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassBoth
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 7:11pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DOUGLAS MOWEN  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287532 N 4401657
Decimal Degrees39.73835000, -77.47950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.301', W 77° 28.770'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 18.06" N, 77° 28' 46.2" 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 East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14218-14286 Charmian Rd, Waynesboro PA 17268, US
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