Corbit’s Charge for flute ensemble
On June 29, 1863, Union Captain Charles Corbit led a charge of nearly 100 men through the streets of Westminster, Maryland, to engage more than 5,500 Confederate soldiers led by General J.E.B. Stuart. Two men were killed in each army, with 10 wounded on one side and 11 on the other.
While the fight had gone quickly to the Rebels, many historians credit their loss at Gettysburg, and of the war, to the late arrival of Stuart’s men due to their delay in Westminster. The incident of “Corbit’s Charge” was a victory and defeat for both sides.
Songs of the day, bugle calls, and original themes are blended as this piece tells the story in a sequence of scenes: Prologue, The Maryland countryside, Stuart's army marches north, Westminster and its Union garrison, Interlude: “Just Before the Battle Mother,” Convergence and Corbit's charge, and Aftermath: remembrance and honor.
Performed by Flutes on the Brink.