The Pipe Creek Line Today

Some time ago I took a tour, using Buckshot as my guide, to the Pipe Creek Line. I was curious to see what Meade had in mind when he selected it. After making the tour I am more convinced than ever that Lee was going to lose on his excursion into Pennsylvania. Through these photos I hope to have you take the tour just as I did on that cold day in March 1997. Keep in mind that there are no monuments to mark events, honor units, etc. Nothing really happened here. However, it is interesting to see the terrain as Meade saw it when he choose the "Pipe Creek Line."

There are 10 stops on the tour. Here is the first one.

This is the possible location of Sedgwick's Headquarters in Manchester Md. the easternmost end of the Pipe Creek Line. There was once a house in the open space in front, which is thought to have been his actual headquarters location. You are looking northwesterly toward Gettysburg which is about 22 straight line miles away, about 36 miles by the route the VI Corps would have to march.

This Page last updated 11/24/02

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