Historic Carlisle Inc. will dedicate its newest historical Wayside Marker in Carlisle Monday.
The marker is located in the borough at the intersection of York and Trindle Roads adjacent to Scalles Restaurant and designates the location of Confederate forces during the shelling of Carlisle on July 1, 1863. The marker was partially funded by a tourism grant from the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and will be dedicated at 3 p.m.
Much is known about the disposition of Union forces when Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s artillery shelled the town, and there are several historical markers in and near the town square that describe the action of the Union troops and artillery.
“However, until the installation of Confederate Artillery at Carlisle, the location of the opposing force was not identified by a marker,” said Doug Henschel, HCI president.
“In fact, there is little original material published about the location of Confederate forces, and some confusion about the number of troops, artillery pieces, and rounds fired. HCI has conducted the research necessary to erect our marker, which will serve to inform residents and visitors regarding this element of the attack which took place over 150 years ago.”
The new marker is the 30th Wayside Marker to be installed by Historic Carlisle, a tax-exempt volunteer organization whose mission is to celebrate the history of Carlisle and its environs.