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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Antietam Station
Railroad to Reunion

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —
 
Antietam Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
1. Antietam Station Marker
 
Inscription. After the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, soldiers’ families traveled by rail to Hagerstown or Frederick, and then by horse and buggy to the site to recover the bodies of loved ones or to search for survivors. Thus began a constant stream of battlefield visitors that still continues. A regular Decoration Day commemoration (a forerunner of Memorial Day) began in May 1868 with a parade through Sharpsburg and the decoration of soldiers’ graves.

In 1883, the Shenandoah Valley Railway reached Sharpsburg, where the small frame Sharpsburg Station welcomed visitors to town. Every Memorial Day thousands of veterans and families passed through the station to attend parades and reunions. Soon, slate curbing and wide walkways flanked the road from the station to the cemetery. Norway maples, some of which still survive, were planted beside the road to shade veterans and their families.

Fire destroyed Sharpsburg Station in 1910, and the next year the Norfolk & Western Railway completed the present freight and passenger station in time for the 50th anniversary of the battle. Veterans also returned for the 75th anniversary in 1937; President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the huge reenactment.

The station, renamed Antietam after two trains collided when engineers confused the words Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown, closed
 
Marker in Front of the Restored Station Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
2. Marker in Front of the Restored Station
 
late in the 1950s. A private citizen bought it and turned it around so that the bay window, which once allowed stationmasters to look up and down the tracks, faced the road.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.09′ N, 77° 46.138′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grove Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headquarters Site Gen. R.E. Lee (approx. half a mile away); First Methodist Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Grove House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Longstreet's Command (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jackson's Command (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kemper's (Va) Brigade (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker features a drawing of the station by Annie Lemarie and a picture of the station as it looked while in operation. The caption for the latter is, The Federal government’s Antietam Battlefield Commission erected this monument in 1898. The monument is composed of eight original Parrott cannon (none of which were at the battle), set breach down on a granite block, with a pyramid of cannon balls perched atop the muzzles. The monument was disassembled in the mid-1930s, but the granite foundation remains today.
 
Location of the Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
3. Location of the Granite Marker
Inscription, "Battle of Antietam Fought Near Here Sept. 17, 1862." The cannon were removed and placed inside the National Battlefield Park to the north, most going to the cemetery.
 

 
Additional keywords. Antietam Campaign 1862, N&W Railroad
 
Closeup of Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
4. Closeup of Granite Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,778 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on April 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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