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Hanover  

Other Names: None

Location: York County

Campaign: Gettysburg Campaign (June-August 1863)

Date(s): June 30, 1863

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick [US]; Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart [CS]

Forces Engaged: Brigades

Estimated Casualties: 330 total

Description:   Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry, which was riding north to get around the Union army, attacked a Union cavalry regiment, driving it through the streets of Hanover. Brig. Gen. Farnsworth’s brigade arrived and counterattacked, routing the Confederate vanguard and nearly capturing Stuart himself. Stuart counterattacked. Reinforced by Brig. Gen. George A. Custer’s brigade, Farnsworth held his ground, and a stalemate ensued. Stuart was forced to continue north and east to get around the Union cavalry, further delaying his attempt to rejoin Lee’s army which was then concentrating at Cashtown Gap west of Gettysburg.

Result(s): Inconclusive

CWSAC Reference #: PA001

Preservation Priority: N/D (Class C)

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