Thurmont (HMBV)

Location: Thurmont, MD 21788 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 37.425', W 77° 24.698'

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Formerly Mechanicstown

— Gettysburg Campaign —

On June 29, 1863, Mechanicstown was full of the noise of an army on the move as Union Gen. John F. Reynolds marched I Corps to Emmitsburg. Until then, residents had only heard rumors of the advancing Confederates as nervous farmers hurried horses and personal belongings through town. Now they new the rumors were true. To guard the Federal rear, Gen. John Buford posted his reserve brigade, the First Cavalry Division, under the command of Gen. Wesley Merritt, here in Mchanicstown.

After the Battle of Gettysburg, Federals passed through the town again while pursuing the Army of Northern Virginia. On July 5, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart rested his cavalrymen for an hour outside of Mechanicstown near Graceham to feed and water their tired horses at a grain mill. Learning of Union cavalry here to guard the pass over the mountain to Cavetown (on present-day Rte. 77), he rode around Mechanicstown on paths through Harbaugh Valley. In the confusion of troop movements, stories spread that the Confederates had actually occupied Mchanicstown.

Although this was a stressful time, most area residents kept up their courage. One of Stuart's cavalrymen noticed that a little girl helping water the horses was crying. Assuming she was terrified, he assured her that she could stop crying because she was in no danger. The girl replied that she was not afraid but had a very painful toothache. Life would soon return to normal here.
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293006 N 4388777
Decimal Degrees39.62375000, -77.41163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.425', W 77° 24.698'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 25.50" N, 77° 24' 41.88" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-3 MD-77, Thurmont MD 21788, US
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