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

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Campaign - Lee Invades Maryland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign - 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.
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2013
2. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
39° 26.949′ N, 77° 46.254′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34). Click for map. Located in a parking area to the east of the road. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grove Farm (here, next to this marker); Antietam Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headquarters Site Gen. R.E. Lee (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Methodist Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jackson's Command (approx. 1.3 miles away); Longstreet's Command (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kemper's (Va) Brigade (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1st Maryland Artillery (CSA) (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. This is an example of the standard marker used for Civil War Trails - Antietam Campaign sites, and is duplicated in several locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The marker features portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan. Newspaper drawing depict Union troops storming Crampton’s Gap and Confederate forces crossing
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
the Potomac. A map indicates important sites related to the Antietam Campaign.
 
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. Marker was taken down for maintenance in 2009.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to the 1862 Antietam Campaign in Washington Co, Maryland, outside the Antietam Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler's Guide to the Antietam Campiagn Tour. (Submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
The Markers in the Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
5. The Markers in the Parking Lot
This marker and the Grove Farm marker were both located in the parking lot overlooking the Grove Farm fields. See photo below for the reconstructed parking area.
Relocated Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
6. Relocated Markers
The two Civil War Trails markers at the Grove Farm were relocated in 2009. Apparently, the original parking area violated the right-of-way arrangements and had to be rebuilt.
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker (Right) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
7. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker (Right)
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker (Right) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
8. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker (Right)
Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2006
9. Burnside Bridge
One of many famous place marks on the Antietam Battlefield. At the bridge Federal Gen. Ambrose Burnside failed to storm his Corps past a lone Confederate regiment guarding the bridge from the high ground on the west bank of Antietam Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. 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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