Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Opening ceremonies at Union Mills Homestead on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

Opening ceremonies at Union Mills Homestead on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

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 The Corbit's Charge Commemorative Committee and the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc. jointly planned "Corbit's Charge - Union Mills 1863," - “a collaborative celebration and commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the events in Westminster and Union Mills on June 29th and June 30th, 1863,” according to a joint press release from June 27, 2012.

The planned events held last weekend commemorated “key events in Carroll County's Civil War history, particularly in the lead-up to and during what eventually became the Battle of Gettysburg…

“"Corbit's Charge- Union Mills 1863" … (involved) three days of special events in Westminster and Union Mills from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2013. These events will include commemorations, Civil War re-enactors and encampments, musical celebrations, and living history displays.”

On Friday evening, June 28, 2013, the commemoration featured walking tours of the Corbit's Charge Battle Site, along with related ceremonies in Westminster.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, 2013, the venue for the commemoration weekend was located on the scenic and spacious grounds of the Union Mills Homestead, offering an authentic setting much the way it was in 1863….

At Union Mills, visitors had the opportunity “to get a front row view of the military forces of 150 years ago, as well as the effect of the conflict on Maryland's civilian population, which was divided in its loyalties, sometimes pitching brother against brother. The family who lived in Union Mills in 1863 was divided in just this manner, with the brother who lived at the Union Mills Homestead being a Northern sympathizer, and his brother across the street favoring the Southern cause…”

"Corbit's Charge - Union Mills 1863" on Saturday, June 29th, and Sunday, June 30th, 2013, brought “to life the historically significant and fascinating history of 150 years ago as experienced in Carroll County, Maryland….”

The key historical happenings in the summer of 1863 included “General Meade's establishment of the Pipe Creek Line defensive plan through Carroll County, the movement of large numbers of armed forces from both North and South through the County in the wake of General Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania, a spirited cavalry skirmish in Westminster, and the occupation of and encampment in Union Mills by both Confederate and Union armies on consecutive days - with a close call as the Confederates moved out of Union Mills just hours before the arrival of the Union Army…

According to information provided by the Union Mills Homestead, “In Westminster, on June 29, 1863, elements of the Union's First Delaware Cavalry engaged the lead elements of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry. Though thoroughly lacking in experience and vastly outnumbered, Companies C and D of the Delaware Regiment, approximately 100 men in all, charged on horseback head on into the front of the rebel column of approximately 5000 horsemen. The cavalry fight at the junction of Main Street and Washington Road became known as "Corbit's Charge" after Capt. Charles Corbit, Commander of the First Delaware Cavalry.

Later that evening, Stuart's Cavalry moved from Westminster up the road to Union Mills, an important crossroads which became the center of a large amount of military activity over the next few days. Stuart's Cavalry arrived in Union Mills late on June 29th, where large numbers of Stuart's men were fed flapjacks at the Union Mills Homestead, and where large numbers of those soldiers spent the night Early the next day, June 30, 1863, General J.E.B. Stuart and his officers were entertained and fed breakfast by the southern-sympathizing Shrivers across the road from the Shriver Homestead. Later that morning, Stuart's Cavalry left Union Mills, and just a few hours later Union forces from the Union Army's Fifth Corps arrived at Union Mills. Brig. Gen. James Barnes, First Division Commander, made the Shriver Homestead his headquarters that evening.

About the Corbit’ s Charge Commemorative Committee -The Committee was organized by Pipe Creek Civil War Roundtable in 2003 to coordinate the commemoration of Corbit’s Charge in Westminster. The Committee is part of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. and has successfully organized annual celebrations of Corbit’s Charge in Westminster in June of each year since 2003.

About the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc. The Homestead Foundation was established on October 11, 1964, by Frederic Shriver Klein, Philip Shriver Klein, and Richard Henry Klein, the fifth generation of the Shriver family to live in the Shriver Homestead. The Klein brothers established the Foundation in order to operate, preserve, and maintain the Union Mills Homestead and to secure appropriate preservation funding. In ensuing years, the Kleins transferred the structures and real property to the Carroll County Government which in turn leased the property back to the Foundation. By a similar arrangement, ownership of the physical artifacts was transferred to the Foundation, now a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Foundation's operation of the site continues today in accordance with these agreements, with the Carroll County Government as a key partner in its preservation mission.

Related: The Civil War Returns July 3, 2013 Kevin E. Dayhoff #cw150 #Gettysburg150 #gburg150

Opening ceremonies at Union Mills Homestead on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff

#cw150 #Gettysburg150 #gburg150 #UnionMillsMd

Opening ceremonies Union Mills 29Je2013 #cw150 #Gettysburg150 #gburg150 #UnionMillsMd

Photo: Kevin Dayhoff and Caroline Babylon Friday August 13, 1863 [19990813 a CBK CW]

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