Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg Historical

Threatened Invasion of Harrisburg Historical (HM1XJT)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17113 Dauphin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 15.548', W 76° 53.052'

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General Robert E. Lee decided to take the war into the North in June 1863, allowing Southern farmers an uninterrupted growing season, and perhaps convincing European powers to aid the Confederacy. As the rebels invaded Pennsylvania, Harrisburg made a tempting target as a key transportation hub that promised access to a large cache of military supplies at nearby Camp Curtin. Its loss, as an important Union state capital, would be a major blow to Northern morale.

Union Major General Darius Couch was charged with the defense of Harrisburg. Low on troops, Couch did the best he could, hastily building fortifications on the heights directly across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Pennsylvania and New York militia troops manned the defenses.

Confederate cavalry under Brigadier General Albert Jenkins captured nearby Mechanicsburg on June 28. The next day, his troops skirmished with Federals at Oyster Point (in present-day Camp Hill).

On June 30, Couch's troops met the Confederates at Sporting Hill, about five miles from Harrisburg. Throughout the afternoon, Union and Confederate forces fought the northernmost engagement of the Gettysburg campaign. Jenkins withdrew that day to join Lee's army concentrating near Gettysburg. Harrisburg had been saved.
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
Placed By Pennsylvania Civil War Trails
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Date Added Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 339770 N 4458222
Decimal Degrees40.25913333, -76.88420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.548', W 76° 53.052'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 32.88" N, 76° 53' 3.12" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-98 N Front St, Harrisburg PA 17113, US
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