Civil War Heritage of Emmitsburg

To educate, to interpret and to preserve

"A 15 year old Emmetsburg lad named J. W. Wheatley offered to enlist. During the action, he fought bravely until a bullet striking his musket split it in two pieces, one of which lodged in his left hand and the other in his left thigh. I saw him for the last time bitterly crying for his mother and sundry of other relatives." Historian, 12th Mass., 1863.


Photograph of Emmitsburg after the Civil War

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Want to learn more about the area and it's Civil War history, then try the Greater Emmitsburg Historical Society's website. If you have questions about the historical aspects of Emmitsburg please contact the Emmitsburg Historical Society. Any Civil War related questions about Emmitsburg, please feel free to contact the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association. The Monterey Pass Battlefield Association helps with the interpretational programs such as reading material, lectures, living histories and the Civil War Heritage of Emmitsburg website. For information, brochures, please feel free to write to us:

The Monterey Pass Battlefield Association
 144 North Church Street
Waynesboro, Pa., 17268

Getting to Emmitsburg, Maryland:

  • From Washington, D.C. take I-270 north to US 15 towards Gettysburg. Emmitsburg is the last town prior to crossing the Pennsylvania border.
  • From Baltimore, take I-695 exit 20 to I-795 to MD 140. Follow MD 140 towards Emmitsburg.
  • From Harrisburg, go south on US 15. Emmitsburg is the first town after crossing into Maryland.