New Wayside Historical Markers
The Camp Curtin Historical Society will dedicate five new wayside historical markers in Cumberland County on Saturday,
June 13. The markers were funded by a grant from the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, with additional major donations from
the Historical Society of Camp Hill, Capital Area Genealogical Society, and Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee.
These markers are part of a continuing effort to bring our local Civil War history to life and stimulate tourism.
11:00AM Oyster Point Skirmish and White Hall School Markers
Willow Park, 24th & Walnut Streets, Camp Hill
1:00PM Albright House Marker
50 North 36th Street,
3:00PM Battle of Sporting Hill Markers
Hampden Park, 5002 Hampden Park
Two markers will be placed in Camp Hill’s Willow Park. One will describe the Skirmish at
Oyster’s Point on June 29, 1863. The skirmish marked the farthest advance north of the Confederate Army during
the invasion of Pennsylvania. The other marker will tell the story of the White Hall School, one of the schools
established after the Civil War for soldiers’ orphans. It operated in Camp Hill until 1890. In 1926, former students,
known as “Sixteeners” (because that was the age they graduated from the school), erected a small monument in Willow
Another marker will be placed at the Samuel Albright House, which still stands on 36th
Street just west of the Good Shepherd School in Camp Hill. This stone house was used by the Confederates as a bivouac site
and an artillery position. During the Skirmish at Oyster’s Point, cannons from this location shelled Union infantry.
Two markers will also be placed in Hampden Park off Sporting Hill Road describing the Fighting at Sporting
Hill on June 28 and June 30, 1863. The June 28 engagement involved a brief artillery duel with the Confederates firing
from Salem Church on the Carlisle Pike toward Union positions at Sporting Hill. Eventually, the Union troops withdrew to their
main line in Camp Hill. The skirmish on June 30 was much larger. The Confederates had occupied the Eberly Farm and Gleim’s
Grove to hold the Carlisle Pike and stop any potential Union advance. When Union troops tried to advance west on the Carlisle
Pike, they encountered the Confederates, and a sharp engagement ensued with casualties on both sides. Eventually, the Confederates
withdrew and joined Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg.
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