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Major General W.F. Smith's Union troops arrive in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to an enthusiastic welcome

Cumberland County Courthouse, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fall 2008, zoomable image
07/01/1863
After the departure of the last Confederate troops just after dawn, Union troops began to arrived in Carlisle through the day till by evening, the borough contained two brigades of militia infantry, a unit of New York Volunteer Cavalry, and a small artillery battery.  In overall command of the barely trained Pennsylvania and New York militiamen was General William "Baldy" Smith.  The town welcomed them all with enthusiastic hospitality in the town square.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Edward Longacre, The Cavalry at Gettysburg: A Tactical Study of Mounted Operations during the Civil War's Pivotal Campaign, 9 June-14 July 1863 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1993), 195.