AKA The Battle of Hagerstown and, perhaps most properly, The Battle of Williamsport but since the VT atlas does not recognize the existence of Williamsport, I must put it here
During the night of July 4-5, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's battered army began its retreat from Gettysburg, moving southwest on the Fairfield Road toward Hagerstown and Williamsport, screened by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry. The Union infantry followed cautiously the next day, converging on Middletown. On July 7, Confederate Gen. John D. Imboden stopped Gen. John Buford's Union cavalry from occupying Williamsport and destroying Confederate trains. Union Gen. Judson Kilpatrick's cavalry division drove two Confederate cavalry brigades through Hagerstown before being forced to retire by the arrival of the rest of Stuart's command. Lee's infantry reached the rain-swollen Potomac River but could not cross, the pontoon bridge having been destroyed by a cavalry raid. On July 11, Lee entrenched a line, protecting the river crossings at Williamsport and waiting for Meade's army to advance. On July 12, Meade reached the vicinity and probed the Confederate line. On July 13, heavy skirmishing occurred along the lines as Meade positioned his forces for an attack. In the meantime, the water level of the river fell enough to allow the construction of a new bridge, and Lee's army began crossing the river after dark on the 13th. On the morning of the 14th, Kilpatrick's and Buford's cavalry divisions attacked the rearguard division of Confederate Gen. Henry Heth still on the north bank, taking more than 500 prisoners. Confederate Brig. Gen. James Pettigrew was mortally wounded in the fight. On July 16, Union Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg's cavalry approached Shepherdstown, where Confederate Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and Gen. J.R. Chambliss's brigades, supported by Col. M.J. Ferguson's, held the Potomac River fords against the Union infantry. Fitzhugh Lee and Chambliss attacked Gregg, who held out against several attacks and sorties, fighting sporadically until nightfall when he withdrew.
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There is regional aircraft service available with USAir, but only through Pittsburgh.If your local destination is West of Baltimore/Washington, or you live in the area, check the airfares to/from Hagerstown. It may even be cheaper than flying from Baltimore or Washington. It`s a very convenient airport with free parking.more
Ask most Marylander`s what they know of Hagerstown, and they`ll tell you about the Prime Outlet Center. True, it`s a great place to shop, and located right off the interstate. Just try to see a little bit of town the next time you go.
Situated in Hagerstown`s City Park, the Hager House is built of uncut fieldstones carefully fitted by the town`s namesake; Jonathan Hager. The young German immigrant had traveled to the wilderness of Western Maryland in search of adventure and possible fortune.On June 5, 1739, Hager purchased 200 acres of land from Daniel Dulany for 44 pounds. He...more
Located about 10 miles south of Hagerstown in Sharpsburg, is the Antietam National BattlefieldEstablished by Act of Congress on August 30, 1890, this Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee`s first invasion of the North in September 1862.Known as the bloodiest battle in the civil War, it claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded,...more