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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Gettysburg Campaign Historical Marker

Over the past 9 years we've been following the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Trail all through our great state and documenting them here on the blog. Millions of people walk or drive by these markers every year and never give them a second thought. They're a great source of historic information and we're trying to bring some much needed attention to them.

While following the Historical Marker Trail through Cumberland County we stumbled upon the Gettysburg Campaign historical marker. There are several historical markers throughout central Pennsylvania that are labeled the Gettysburg Campaign with this particular one being located at the intersection of Carlisle Pike and South Sporting Hill Road, while traveling down the Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township.
Gettysburg Campaign Historical Marker in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Campaign

This campaign's northernmost engagement, known as the Battle of Sporting Hill, occurred just north and west of here, June 30, 1863. The 22nd & 37th New York Militia Regiments, along with Landis's Philadelphia Battery, fought in defense of Harrisburg against the 16th & 36th Virginia Cavalry units. Afterward the Confederates withdrew to Carlisle, leaving some 16 dead. Reported wounded were 11 Union soldiers; 20-30 Confederates.

By: 1997 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

If you're interested in following the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Trail and/or interested in waymarking them you can find additional information in our Historical Markers section right here on the Pennsylvania and Beyond Travel Blog.

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