Stuart's Horse Raid of 1862

Stuart's Horse Raid of 1862 (HM2FEB)

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N 39° 31.943', W 77° 18.549'

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Woodsboro Civil War Heritage

—The Army of Northern Virginia —

A month after the Battle of Antietam (October 10-11, 1862) Confederate Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart was ordered through Maryland to Pennsylvania for the purpose of destroying bridges, gathering supplies and taking hostages for later exchange for Confederates and southern sympathizers being held by the Union.

After procuring Federal property and supplies in the town of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Stuart's cavalry column of eighteen hundred men, four pieces of artillery, a thousand head of confiscated horses and thirty military and civilian hostages reentered Maryland and passed through the town of Woodsboro on the night of October 11th on the return of route to Virginia.

On that rainy fall evening five young men returning home from a nearby meeting in Woodsboro rode into the passing column of cavalry and were made prisoners of the Confederate raiders. John H. Custshall, George Myrers, Joseph Ebberts and James and John Ledgewood were taken on to Richmond, Virginia and held until the 23rd of October at which time they were exchanged and returned home.
Placed ByWoodsboro Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 301543 N 4378404
Decimal Degrees39.53238333, -77.30915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.943', W 77° 18.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 56.58" N, 77° 18' 32.94" W
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