Did you know the second largest Civil War battle in Pennsylvania was partially fought in Franklin County?    Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum is a historic and beautiful site to learn more about the Battle of Monterey Pass.   Take a hike on the trails envisioning the battle as you see the rock outcrops and rugged roadways.  Trails are fully interpretive and include stops that tell the story of the battle.  Benches along the trail allow a few moments of reflection.  Driving tours also help to tell the story of this Civil War battle.

The Battle of Monterey Pass occurred during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg on July 4, 1863.  The retreat included a wagon train of wounded soldiers.   The Confederates opened fire on the Union Calvary starting one of the most confusing and chaotic battles of the Civil War.  Occurring at night during a thunderstorm, soldiers could only see their enemies when either the muzzle of their gun or the lightning flashed.  Steep and narrow mountain passes caused horses and wagons to fall over the edge of cliffs, helping to ensure Union victory.  The battle was the only Civil War battle to be fought in both Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Located in Blue Ridge Summit, Franklin County PA, the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park is a short drive from Gettysburg and many other Civil War Battlefields.  Once COVID19 restrictions are lifted, the park offers a modern playground as well as a museum housing battle artifacts and information.

Explore now and visit later!

Article by Becky Kellerman