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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.

 

Dedication Schedule

 

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, Camp Hill

 

3:00PM  Battle of Sporting Hill Markers

               Hampden Park, 5002 Hampden Park Drive, Mechanicsburg

 

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 Park.

 

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.

 

For information call Jim Schmick at 717-732-5115 or email genjenkins@aol.com


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