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The final action in the defense of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania takes place at Sporting Hill

East Pennsborough Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1872, zoomable image
06/30/1863
As Confederate forces probing the defenses of Harrisburg began to withdraw from the area to concentrate on Gettysburg, New York militiamen under General John Ewen moved forward cautiously. They made contact with the Confederate rearguard of Colonel Milton Ferguson's 16th Virginia and fought a short engagement near Sporting Hill in present day Camp Hill which ended when Union forces brought up a small artillery battery for support. Casualties were estimated as sixteen Confederate dead and a smaller number of Union wounded.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Cooper H. Wingert, The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign's Northernmost Reaches (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012), 118-125. 
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