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Mell Rifles & Troup Light Artillery

 
 
Front Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. Front Side of Marker
Inscription. (Front Side): The Mell Rifles, Co. D, Cobb’s Legion Infantry, was raised in Athens, GA. in July 1861, by Patrick Hues Mell, Baptist minster and Vice Chancellor of the University of Georgia. After Mell resigned due to his wife’s death, Thomas U. Camak was named commander. John Boswell Cobb, Robert Goodman, and W.A. Winn were named lieutenants. Noncommissioned officers were J.F. Wilson, Wm. A. Gilleland, S.P. Kenney, G.W. Barber, J.J. Mattox, and L.H. Horne. The unit fought throughout the war until two days before Appomattox when it was surrounded and captured.

Sgt. Benjamin Mell, son of Patrick, was seriously wounded. Thomas S. Lee, a local Southern sympathizer, nursed Mell at his home, “Needwood Forest,” near Petersville. Mell died there on Oct. 21, 1862, and was buried in St. Mark’s Episcopal Churchyard, Petersville, his grave marked by a handsome monument.

The Troup Light Artillery was organized in Athens in 1859 and was placed under command of Professor Marcellus Stanley. Stanley later became ill and turned over command to Dr. Henry Carlton, an Athens physician. In his report on the Battle of Crampton’s Gap, Gen. Howell Cobb praised the unit for coolness under fire in checking the advance of the enemy.

(Back Side): This marker is erected to honor the memory of Athenians
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By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Back Side of Marker
and their neighbors who fell at Crampton’s Gap on September 14, 1862. The valor of these citizen-soldiers is remembered with gratitude and affection. Most of these men now lie in uninscribed graves in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Rose Hill, Hagerstown, MD:

Troup Light Artillery
Cobb’s Legion, Cobb’s Brigade
John J.N. Kenney

Mell Rifles or Camak's Company
Co. D, Cobb’s Legion Infantry, Cobb’s Brigade
J. Martin V.B. Cody, Asa G. Haguewood, John McHannon
Cody Fowler, George T. Highland, Jr., Benjamin Mell
William Glover, John F. Kenney, Burwell E. Yerby

Also killed were Col. John Basil Lamar, General Howell Cobb’s aide and brother-in-law, and Lt. Col. Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar, Commander of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb’s Georgia Legion Infantry, who had close ties to Athens.
 
Erected 1992 by Athens (GA) Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 24.33′ N, 77° 38.392′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldstown Road, on the left when traveling west on Gapland Road. Click for map. 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. Maryland Campaign of 1862 / The Lost Orders
Assortment of Markers at Crampton's Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
3. Assortment of Markers at Crampton's Gap
(within shouting distance of this marker); Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); Troup Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartlett Leads the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
More about this marker. Located within feet of the Appalachian Trail, inside Gathland State Park.
 
Also see . . .  A Roster of Members of Mell Rifles, Co D, Cobb Legion Infantry. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,035 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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