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

Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws’ Command

 
 
Crampton's Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. Crampton's Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 2 Marker
Inscription.
C. S. A.
Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command
(September 12-13, 1862)


McLaws’ Command consisted of Kershaw’s, Barksdale’s, Semmes’ and Cobb’s Brigades of his own Division and R. H. Anderson’s Division of six Brigades-Wilcox’s, Mahone’s, Featherston’s, Armistead’s, Wright’s and Pryor’s. On the morning of the 12th, Kershaw and Barksdale crossed Pleasant Valley, ascended Maryland Heights at Solomon’s Gap and moving along the crest of the heights, attacked and drove the Union forces from the southern end of them and into Harpers Ferry, on the 13th. Cobb moved along the eastern base of the heights in support of Kershaw and Barksdale. Wright moved along the South Mountain and took position on its bold extremity overlooking Weaverton. Pryor, Armistead and Featherstone moved down Pleasant Valley and occupied Weaverton and Sandy Hook. These movements shut in Harpers Ferry from the Maryland side of the Potomac. Semmes’ Brigade held Brownsville Pass, and Mahone’s was in Pleasant Valley, prepared to assist Semmes or to re-enforce Munford’s Cavalry Brigade in front of Crampton’s Pass.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number C.P. 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Four War Department Markers at the Arch image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Four War Department Markers at the Arch

 
Location. 39° 24.346′ N, 77° 38.354′ W. Marker is in 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. Marker is at the foot of the War Correspondence Memorial Arch. 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. Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 1 (here, next to this marker); Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 3 (here, next to this marker); Sixth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); War Correspondents (here, next to this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (here, next to this marker); The Battle of South Mountain (here, next to this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (a few steps from this marker); Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
More about this marker. One of nine markers reported by the Antietam Battlefield Board as erected at Crampton’s Pass in the report dated 1898. Four are at the War Correspondence Memorial Arch, the remainder were placed between the Pass and Burkittsville to the east.(Source: George R. Large and Joe A. Swisher, “Battle
Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
3. Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command Marker
of Antietam: The Official History by the Antietam Battlefield Board”
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Also see . . .  Campaign Map. Displaying the locations of the units on September 12, 1862. (Submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command Marker, at the base of the War Correspondents Memorial Arch image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2002
4. Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command Marker, at the base of the War Correspondents Memorial Arch
Brownsville Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
5. Brownsville Gap
Seen from Pleasant Valley on the west side of South Mountain. Wartime roads lead through the pass, but today the best way to reach the area is walking along the Appalachian Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,674 times since then and 10 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 Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. 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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