CHAMBERSBURG— The Institute for Retired Persons, Inc. (IRP) will host a talk by Darwin Seiler on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. about Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum at the Menno Haven Life Center in Chambersburg. The talk will focus on the little-known Battle at Monterey Pass, which took place on July 4-5, 1863, during the Retreat from Gettysburg.
The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum is a 125-acre natural, cultural, and historical park located in Washington Township. The park is dedicated to preserving the history of the Battle at Monterey Pass and educating visitors about the events that took place there.
The Battle at Monterey Pass was an American Civil War military engagement that began on the evening of July 4, 1863, during the Retreat from Gettysburg. A Confederate wagon train of Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, withdrew after the Battle of Gettysburg, and Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick attacked the retreating Confederate column. The Confederates were able to establish defensive works and hold off the Union cavalry until the arrival of the Confederate army, which had been pursued over longer roads more to the south of Lee’s route. Before the Union army could perform adequate reconnaissance and attack the Confederate fortifications, Lee’s army escaped across fords and a hastily rebuilt bridge.
The Institute for Retired Persons, Inc. (IRP) is an organization located in Chambersburg, devoted to continued affordable learning for seniors. The organization offers a variety of educational programs and events, including talks, classes, and trips, to promote lifelong learning and personal growth for seniors.
The talk by Darwin Seiler at the Menno Haven Life Center is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the Battle at Monterey Pass and the events that took place during the Retreat from Gettysburg. The park and museum offer a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War and the impact it had on the local area.