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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 25, 2009
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Inscription. Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4–6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s force to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jackson’s return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American History and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the North.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along Maryland Civil War Trails’ Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
Antietam Campaign Civil War Trails Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 25, 2009
2. Antietam Campaign Civil War Trails Map
39° 22.625′ N, 77° 23.737′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Urbana Pike (State Highway 355), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the Monocacy National Battlefield visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monocacy Battlefield (here, next to this marker); The Lost Order (here, next to this marker); Battle Begins (a few steps from this marker); A Bold Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); This Boulder Overlooks the Monocacy Battlefield (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Monocacy (about 500 feet away); Headquarters of Generals Robert E. Lee (about 500 feet away); Nick of Time (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
 
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
 
Also see . . .
Civil War Trails Markers at Monocacy image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 25, 2009
3. Civil War Trails Markers at Monocacy
 Civil War Traveler - Antietam Campaign. Details of the Antietam Campaign Tour marked by the Civil War Trails Markers. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
4. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
In relation to the back of the Monocacy Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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