The Shelling of Carlisle

The Shelling of Carlisle (HMABZ)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.076', W 77° 11.357'

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Walking Tour Stop 11

On June 27, 1863, a dusty column of 15,000 rebels led by General Richard Ewell marched up the road from Shippensburg into Carlisle. Foraging for supplies, they camped here until Tuesday, June 30. They departed that day, headed towards Mount Holley Springs. Other than the ample provisions they had taken, they left the community unscathed.

The next day, July 1, the townspeople cheered the arrival of Major General William Smith's four regiments of Federal militiamen, but their joy was short-lived. Late that afternoon, Major General J.E.B. Stuart and 3,500 rebel cavalrymen appeared at the intersection of York and Trindle roads. The rebels unlimbered their artillery, demanded the surrender of the town, and threatened to burn it. General Smith refused, the artillerymen let fly, and townspeople and militiamen alike scattered for shelter. Over the next few hours, shells struck the columns of the courthouse, blew holes in the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches, damaged numerous other properties, and wounded a few unlucky souls near the square, including twelve militiamen. After setting fire to the U.S. Army's Carlisle Barracks, Stuart's men disappeared to the south, ordered to Gettysburg. The threat had ended.

Although most of the damage done by the rebel shells was long ago repaired, scars can still be seen here on the facade of the Old Court House. You can still see where a pillar was chipped and bricks were broken by flying shrapnel.
Placed ByHistoric Carlisle, Inc
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 3:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 313665 N 4452394
Decimal Degrees40.20126667, -77.18928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.076', W 77° 11.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 4.56" N, 77° 11' 21.42" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 W High St, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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