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Corbit's Charge Special Purpose Fund


What was Corbit's Charge?

On June 29, 1863, during the Gettysburg Campaign, an important cavalry battle unfolded in the streets of Westminster between a handful of untested troopers from the 1st Delaware Cavalry and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's battle-hardened, veteran Cavalrymen. One eyewitness recalled the Delaware Boys led by Capt. Charles Corbit "fought with an almost suicidal bravery." Stuart being delayed at Westminster by this encounter was crucial. This became a major factor in his failure to provide his invaluable reconnaissance for Gen. Robert E. Lee, as he reached the Gettysburg Battlefield late in the second day of fighting. Historians share the opinion that Corbit's Charge helped to alter the outcome of the decisive battle of the Civil War at Gettysburg.

Our Beginning

In 2003, the City of Westminster began to sponsor an observance to commemorate Corbit's Charge, the Battle of Westminster. Thus, The Corbit's Charge Commemoration Committee was formed to assist in the organization and hosting of the event. Members of the committee are representatives from the City of Westminster Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, The Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table, and the Historical Society of Carroll County. Membership is open to individuals and organizations who share the goal of preserving and promoting our rich Civil War heritage.

You Can Help

There is no admission charged to attend the commemorative event, nor do we charge our participants a registration fee. Our funding is provided through the generous contributions of individuals, clubs, and organizations in the community. The Corbit's Charge Commemoration Committee hopes you will assist us in achieving our mission.



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