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The Battle of Hanover


The Battle of Hanover was fought between the cavalry divisions of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Union Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, June 30, 1863, the day before the Battle of Gettysburg began. Starting on downtown streets, the fighting spread to the neighboring fields while cannons exchanged shots from the the high ground north and south of town. 

Tours of the battle cover the ground where the fighting was most intense, and include human-interest stories of soldiers and civilians caught up in the fighting. Find out how Hanover contributed to the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, and the real story of the horse ridden here by Gen. George Armstrong Custer.

The 2 hour tour covers about 1 mile of ground, from the opening shots on Frederick Street to the cemetery where Union dead were buried after the battle.

Walking tours are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Thursdays 9 a.m.; Fridays 7 p.m.; Saturdays 11:30 to 1:30.

Additional times and driving tours covering the full battle available by appointment. Email hanoverheritage@gmail.com

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