Portrait of Robert E. Lee

Much to the dismay of his superiors, Major General George Meade’s slow pursuit of General Robert E. Lee (pictured here) enabled the Army of Northern Virginia to escape across the Potomac River after the Battle of Gettysburg. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Williamsport Facts

July 6–July 16, 1863

Also known as the Battle of Hagerstown, and the Battle of Falling Waters, the Battle of Williamsport was fought from July 6 through July 16, 1863, in Washington County, Maryland following the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Also Known As

  • The Battle of Hagerstown
  • The Battle of Falling Waters

Date and Location

  • July 6–July 16, 1863
  • Washington County, Maryland

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • Meade was not aggressive in pursuing the retreating Confederate forces, allowing the Army of Northern Virginia to cross the Potomac River and escape.

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 Williamsport Facts
  • Coverage July 6–July 16, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Williamsport, Battle of Hagerstown, Battle of Falling Waters, Gettysburg Campaign, Robert E. Lee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 11, 2022
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