War at the Almshouse
— Gettysburg Campaign —On June 29, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's infantry was in Pennsylvania, and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry arrived here on the outskirts of Westminster. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's division led the column, which numbered 6,000 including cavalrymen and two horse artillery batteries. Prisoners captured at the blacksmith shop on Main Street told Lee that a small Union cavalry force occupied the town. Anticipating little resistance, he deployed skirmishers and sent the 3rd Virginia Cavalry and an artillery piece across the almshouse fields here. Before the troopers could get into position on Main Street near the railroad, however, Capt. Charles Corbit's Co. C and part of Co. D, 1st Delaware Cavalry, charged the Confederates near here on Washington Road. After sharp skirmishing, Stuart occupied Westminster.
|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:32pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 328798 N 4380847|
|Decimal Degrees||39.56025000, -76.99285000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 33.615', W 76° 59.571'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 33' 36.90" N, 76° 59' 34.26" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 401-411 S Center St, Westminster MD 21157, US|
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