Middleburg (HMJNZ)

Location: Keymar, MD 21757 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 35.73', W 77° 13.416'

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Meade's Pipe Creek Plan

— Gettysburg Campaign —

On June 29, 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade ordered the Army of the Potomac to Pipe Creek to counter any move toward Washington or Baltimore by Gen. Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and to engage it in battle. Meade was uncertain of Lee's strength or location.

The Federal left flank rested here at Middleburg, the center at Union Mills and the right at Manchester. From Westminster, located six miles south of Pipe Creek, roads fanned out to every important point along Meade's line: through Uniontown to Middleburg; through Frizzellburg and Taneytown; through Union Mills and then forking, with one leading to Littlestown and Gettysburg and the other to Hanover; and to Manchester. Although Meade had studied the area on maps, on the ground he had only examined the western portion from Taneytown to Middleburg. On July 1, Gen. Henry J. Hunt, Meade's chief of artillery, reconnoitered the entire line, the only general officer to do so. He was very favorably impressed with the possibilities as an "offensive-defensive" position. Events that day at Gettysburg, however, would preclude its ever being used.
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 3:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309069 N 4385225
Decimal Degrees39.59550000, -77.22360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 35.73', W 77° 13.416'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 35' 43.80" N, 77° 13' 24.96" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6270 Middleburg Rd, Keymar MD 21757, US
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