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Battle Of Hunterstown

 

In August 2010 I made the trek from Gettysburg to the Battle of Hunterstown. It was about seven miles away took only a few minutes. The route is clearly marked and very easy to find. I parked along the roadway close to the Civil War Trails marker. I was the only car there so parking wasn't an issue. I started my visit at the historical markers and reviewed the battle that took place on July 2, 1863 and the map. I would suggest reading the map and markers to better grasp the flow of the US and CSA armies and see the layout of the town.

I then traveled north on Hunterstown Road and went a little east of Tate's Farm house on Shrivers Corner Road aka Pennsylvania 394. If you stand near the intersection and look east you'll see the path the Union Cavalry Troopers took into the town. Some very old buildings still line the street. As you travel west you'll see the Tate's Farm house which is beautifully maintained and still lived in. I saw numerous small animals on the grounds. I had spoken to the owner in an earlier email but unfortunately my trip didn't align with the owner being present. Always respectful of property rights, I did not wander onto their well maintained property. The Tate's Farm house sits slightly askew from the current roadway. The house lined up parallel to the roadway during the Civil War battle. The property is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.

I continued west and came to the intersection of Hunterstown Road and Shrivers Corner Road. A monument to General George Armstrong Custer and the Michigan Wolverines sits there. The monument was dedicated on July 2, 2008, the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Hunterstown. As I was photographing the monument and roadways a neighborhood dog repeatedly came running out to investigate me and bark. Fortunately his owner eventually came out and corralled him before a car hit him. There's no parking spaces provided near the monument so you have to park along the roadway. Caution is a must while crossing and photographing.

I next traveled down Hunterstown Road to where General Custer lured the the Confederates into a trap by using himself as bait. A daring rescue by Norvell Francis Churchill of Company L 1st Michigan Cavalry probably saved the General's life. There's no parking spaces provided along the battle lines and they are on private property. I once again parked along the roadway and took my photographs.

The Civil War Preservation Trust’s “History Under Siege: America's Most Endangered Battlefields” report lists Hunterstown among the “10 most endangered” battlefields. The Felty Farm, where the barn hid General Custer’s troops prior to the ambush, was demolished in 2006. A power plant that cover some of the eastern portion of the battlefield. Visit Hunterstown1863.com to learn most about this site and preservation efforts.

You can read about the battle on my website here.

 The monument to the battle.

The Civil War Trails marker.

General Custer and the 1st Michigan Cavalry rode into town along this path.

One of the old buildings.

A historical marker and a still active farm.

The Tate's Farm house.

Note the angle of the house to the roadway.

The monument and looking south down Hunterstown Road.

The Union Cavalry trap was sprung here.

The power plant sits on a portion of the battlefield.

 

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