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

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Camapign - Lee Invades Maryland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. 1862 Antietam Camapign - Lee Invades Maryland 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 Trail’s 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 travel 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.
Civil War Trails Markers at Gathland State Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Civil War Trails Markers at Gathland State Park
39° 24.354′ N, 77° 38.369′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldstown Road, on the right when traveling west on Gapland Road. Click for map. On the grounds of Gathland State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Alfred Townsend (here, next to this marker); Battle for Crampton’s Gap (here, next to this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (a few steps from this marker); War Correspondents (within shouting distance of this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
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
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
3. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Marker located at left
set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to the Battle of Crampton's Gap
 
Also see . . .  The Antietam Campaign. Civil War Traveler Guide to the Antietam Campaign Tour. (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gath Hall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
4. Gath Hall
Gath Hall, the residence of George Alfred Townsend when he lived at Crampton's Gap, houses a museum with artifacts from the Antietam Campaign and the South Mountain battles, in addition to interpretive exhibits.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,647 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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