Libertytown Hot, Humid, and Worn Out - Libertytown MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 29.054 W 077° 14.174
18S E 307678 N 4372901
Quick Description: On June 29, 1863, the Army of the Potomac's II Corps, commanded by Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, broke camp south of Frederick near the Monocacy River, marched into Frederick, and turned eastward on the road to Liberty (Libertytown).
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 4/5/2020 6:16:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM129EK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Libertytown Hot, Humid, and Worn Out-Gettysburg Campaign-On June 29, 1863, the Army of the Potomac's II Corps, commanded by Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, broke camp south of Frederick near the Monocacy River, marched into Frederick, and turned eastward on the road to Liberty (Libertytown). The men perspired as the sun rose, and the heat caused "the salty liquid to get into the eyes, causing them to burn and smart, and it ran from down under the cap, through the dust and down the sides of the face which was soon covered with muddy streaks, the result of repeated wipings upon the sleeves of the blouse."

Gen. John Gibbon, commanding the corps' Second Division, was a tough regular army officer, but he realized that his volunteers were faltering. The 19th Massachusetts Infantry had a glee club, and Gibbon wanted it to sing rousing, morale-raising songs. Col. Arthur F. Devereux ordered his his singers to the front, where they broke into a stirring marching son. "The effect was magical," remembered one Bay Stater. Although they hoped to bivouac in Liberty, some reinvigorated soldiers made it all the way to Uniontown in Carroll County before they halted for the night.

Gibbon's division was heavily engaged at Gettysburg on July 2-3, suffering 1,651 casualties. The 19th Massachusetts lost 77 killed, wounded, and missing, likely including several members of the glee club that sang so lustily on that hot June day.
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
Liberty Road / Main Street (Maryland Route 26)
Along the entrance to Libertytown Community Park.
Libertytown , MD USA
21762


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