Portrait of J. E. B. Stuart

During the Battle of Hanover, Confederate Major General J. E. B. Stuart escaped being captured by pursuing Yankees by leaping his horse over a fifteen-foot-wide ravine. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Hanover Facts

June 29, 1863

The Battle of Hanover, which took place on June 29, 1863, delayed the arrival of General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry at the Battle of Gettysburg until mid-afternoon of the second day of the pivotal conflict.

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Date and Location

  • June 30, 1863
  • York County, Pennsylvania

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 3rd Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Stuart’s Cavalry Division of the Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union soldiers engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged

  • Roughly 6,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 215

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 117

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • During the Battle of Hanover, Confederate Major General J. E. B. Stuart escaped being captured by pursuing Yankees by leaping his horse over a fifteen-foot-wide ravine.
  • The Battle of Hanover was a significant engagement because it delayed the arrival of Stuart’s cavalry at the Battle of Gettysburg until mid-afternoon of the second day of the pivotal conflict.

Timeline of the Gettysburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Gettysburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Hanover Facts
  • Coverage June 29, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Hanover, Gettysburg Campaign
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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