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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Second Army Corps

 
 
Second Army Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2009
1. Second Army Corps Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Second Army Corps.

Major General E.V. Sumner, Commanding.
(September 15-16, 1862.)

Richardson's Division of the Second Corps, in close pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia, in its retreat from South Mountain, passed through Boonsboro and Keedysville on the morning of September 15, and, early in the afternoon, took position behind the bluff bordering the Antietam west of this; the skirmishers of the division being advanced onto the bluff and engaging those of the enemy beyond the creek. French's Division followed later in the day and went into bivouac on either side of the road at this point. Sedgwick's Division bivouacked on French's right, its right east of the Pry House. The three divisions remained in these positions until the morning of the 17th when they crossed the Antietam at Pry's Ford and went into action on the right and right center of the Union Line.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 115.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.522′ N, 77° 42.563′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro
Second Army Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2009
2. Second Army Corps Tablet
/ Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located east of the entrance to the Pry House. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pry Family Upheaval (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Pry’s Mill Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Humphreys' Division, Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Morell's Division, Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Second Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Second Corps at Antietam.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Second Corps, Army of the Potomac. First commissioned in 1819, General Sumner was over sixty at the time of the battle. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
The Road from Boonsboro image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2009
3. The Road from Boonsboro
Looking from the tablet location to the northeast in the direction the Second Corps marched from while advancing from Keedysville.
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Bluff's Overlooking Antietam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2009
4. Bluff's Overlooking Antietam Creek
Looking from a tablet cluster southwest along Boonsboro Pike, about a half mile east of the Middle Bridge site. The ridge in the background overlooks Antietam Creek. Skirmishers from the Second Corps screened the rest of the Corps, and the arrival of much of the Army of the Potomac on September 16.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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