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|Posted: Tue Jun 29th, 2010 12:57 pm||
|June 29, 1863
Imbodens troops are still combing the neighborhood for supplies in and around Cove Gap and Mountain.
From all indications their search has been fruitful. At the same time, Colonel George Imboden orders Capt. William D. Ervin to make a scout again back to McConnellsburg which will be back across the Tuscarora Mountain which is about 7 miles of some rough terrain from Cove Gap back to McConnellsburg.
For what ever reason, they took along the loot they had gathered and left it tied behind their saddles and they will find later that was a big mistake.
Captain Ervine decided to split his command leaving half at Chambersburg-Bedford Turnpike and He and the rest headed toward town and into a trap.
On this ‘Y’ in the road is where Captain Ervine divided his forces. This is looking West down the main street of McConnellsburg.
That same morning, Captain Abram Jones was ordered to take Co.A 1st New York (Lincoln) Cavalry and make a scout toward McConnellsburg and on the way, he was to check at the McIlvain Hotel to see if there were any of Imboden’s men in the vicinity.
Here is a picture of McIlvain’s Hotel today. It appears to be well taken care of but I don’t believe there is anyone living there