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Near Bakerton in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A.P. Hillís March
“Not a moment too soon”

ó Antietam Campaign 1862 ó
 
A.P. Hill's March Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
1. A.P. Hill's March Marker
 
Inscription. About two oíclock in the afternoon of September 17, 1862, Confederate Gen. A.P. Hillís 3,000-man division began crossing the Potomac River at Botelerís Ford about two miles northwest of here, en route to the battle raging at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Two days earlier, Stonewall Jackson had captured Harpers Ferry. When Jacksonís command was ordered to rejoin Gen. Robert E. Leeís Army of Northern Virginia in Maryland, Hillís division remained behind to parole Federal prisoners and secure supplies and equipment. Hill was summoned, too, and got his division on the march within an hour. He took five brigades, leaving one to finish removing the captured equipment.

Hill pushed his men hard during the 17-mile trek from Harpers Ferry to the Antietam battlefield. The late-summer day was warm and humid, and some of the men fell exhausted by the way on this “long and fatiguing march.” But they arrived on the battlefield less than eight hours after leaving Harpers Ferry, just in time to be thrown into the fight. When Hill reported, Lee exclaimed, “General Hill, I was never so glad to see you.” Wearing a bright red shirt and waving his sword, Hill directed his men to strike the flank of the oncoming Federal line. As Hill later put it, “My troops were not a moment too soon.” They turned back
 
Close-up View of the Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
2. Close-up View of the Map
 
the Union assault and saved Leeís army from a crushing defeat on the bloodiest day in American history.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.764′ N, 77° 45.855′ W. Marker is near Bakerton, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bakerton Road and Knott Road (Route 31/2), on the right when traveling west on Bakerton Road. Click for map. The marker stands on the grounds of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Bakerton WV 25410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. An Indian Deed (approx. 1.8 miles away in Maryland); Antietam Iron Works Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away in Maryland); The Moler Family (approx. 2.1 miles away); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 1 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 2 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Barnes' Brigade (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pack Horse Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker features a portrait of Gen. A.P. Hill along side a map of the divisionsí march from Harpers Ferry to the battle.
 
A.P. Hill's March Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
3. A.P. Hill's March Marker
 

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A.P. Hill's March to Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. “Then A.P. Hill Came Up”. An account of Hillís actions at Antietam. (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. A.P. Hill's Official Report. (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Antietam Campaign 1862
 
Bethesda Methodist Church Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
4. Bethesda Methodist Church
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,489 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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