Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monterey Pass

While out driving with my wife to enjoy a beautiful cloudless day (we don't get many of these in Maryland), I took in about half of the tour for the battle of Monterey Pass, the chaotic night engagement fought by elements of Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick's Federal cavalry division and various cavalry detachments from the Army of Northern Virginia assigned to guard the passage of Imboden's train through the South Mountain passes.

I followed the tour suggested on the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association site. I also took along One Continuous Fight by Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi, and Michael F. Nugent, which includes a first rate tour section of it's own featuring the entire scope of action of the retreat from Gettysburg. This is a great reource, particularly for those that have a GPS. As this was a casual touring day, I cut the tour short and detoured on the road to Emmitsburg for some ice cream.

I plan to take in the whole tour at some point this summer. The tour route has a number of interpretive signs and winds along quiet mountain roads for much of the route, and should make for a nice day away from the noise of modern civilization.


Craig Swain said...

Did you get up to PenMar and High Rock? I toured the battlefield a few weeks back.

Steven Mynes said...

I headed back to Emmitsburg where the tour crosses Route 16, so I missed those. I am planning to return later this summer.

I'm happy to see interpretive markers in place, but would like to get a few maps together before my next trip.

By John A. Miller said...

We are trying to preserve land and establish an interpretive center at Monterey Pass. Check our web site for details.

Steven Mynes said...

Thanks, John. I printed the tour route from your site and it was very helpful. I look forward to seeing the remainder of the sites along the route.

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Lucia said...

I noticed your reading list omitted Team of Rivals.