The Turning Point

The Turning Point (HM5GD)

Location: Hanover, PA 17331 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.256', W 76° 58.85'

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Elements from the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry Regiment charged past this point in pursuit of disorganized remnants of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment which was retreating toward the railroad tracks. The Union Cavalry appeared to have abandoned Hanover.

Earlier that morning, Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart had spotted a large column of Union Cavalry "passing through" Hanover going toward Abbottstown. Brigadier General Kilpatrick and his Union staff had reached the vicinity of Abbottstown when they heard the sounds of battle. Kilpatrick then turned about and led his men in a brutal eight-mile race back to Hanover. Along the road he galloped through columns of cavalry and artillery that had also turned back to help their comrades.

"...the boom of a cannon was plainly heard, and then the General mounted his horse in haste and rode back to Hanover, it was said, in twenty minutes."
Bugler, Private Samuel Gillespie, 1st Ohio Cavalry Regiment Kilpatrick's Staff and Bodyguard
The horse died shortly thereafter.
HM NumberHM5GD
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Battle of Hanover Walking Tour series
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330428 N 4407909
Decimal Degrees39.80426667, -76.98083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.256', W 76° 58.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 15.36" N, 76° 58' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 312 Broadway, Hanover PA 17331, US
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