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Corbit's Charge Special Purpose Fund

What was Corbit's Charge?

On June 29, 1863, during the Gettysburg Campaign, the sounds of battle filled the streets of Westminster, MD as an important cavalry battle unfolded. The Battle of Westminster, aka "Corbit's Charge" featured 108 untested Union troopers of the 1st Delaware Cavalry against the vanguard of 5,000 veteran Confederate Cavalry troopers under command of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. 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.

The Civil War in Carroll County

In addition to Corbit's Charge in 1863, Carroll County was involved in other chapters of the Civil War. Many volunteers from Carroll County joined the armies on both sides during the Civil War. In September of 1862, during "Rosser's Raid," Confederate Cavalry entered the area scouting for Union troops and supplies making headquarters in Westminster, MD. In 1864, the "Gilmor Raid," featured 800 Confederate Cavalry entering Carroll County and raiding New Windsor and Westminster before proceeding East into Baltimore County.

The Annual Corbit's Charge Event

Each year during the last full weekend in June, The Pipe Creek Civil War ROund Table and other historical groups commemorate the tragedy of war that took place on Westminster's Streets and within surrounding Carroll County, MD. The annual event is meant to educate visitors of the role Carroll County had during the Civil War. The event provides a great experience for visitors of all ages and attracts up to 1,500 visitors annually.

Some of the event features include:

* Civil War Encampment
* Military Demonstrations
* Children's Activities
* Authors and Presentations
* Memorial Ceremony
* Guided Tours of Westminster
* Carriage Tours
* Civil War Skirmish

The Corbit's Charge Event Committee

In 2003, the City of Westminster began to sponsor an observance to commemorate Corbit's Charge, the Battle of Westminster. The original Corbit's Charge Commemoration Committee included representatives from the City of Westminster Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, The Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table, and the Historical Society of Carroll County.

The current Corbit's Charge Event Planning Committee consists of members of The Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table. And the event is a partnership between The Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table, The City of Westminster, the Community Foundation of Carroll County, and The Historical Society of Carroll County.

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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