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Confederate Forces

Munford’s Brigade and Mahone’s Brigade

 
 
Crampton’s Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 5 (Confederate Forces) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. Crampton’s Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 5 (Confederate Forces) Marker
Inscription.
Confederate Forces
Col. T. T. Munford, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, Commanding,
Munford’s Brigade,
2nd & 12th Virginia Cavalry.
Mahone’s Brigade,
Lt. Col. Wm. A. Parham, 41st Virginia, Commanding.
6th, 12th, 16th, 41st, and 61st Virginia Infantry
(September 14, 1862)

Upon the approach of the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, Munford’s Cavalry fell back through Jefferson and Burkittsville and prepared to dispute the passage of South Mountain. Mahone’s Brigade was marched over Crampton’s Pass from Pleasant Valley and put in position behind the stonewall and rail fences running north from this point. The Cavalry (dismounted) was disposed on either flank of Mahone's Infantry. Chew’s (Va.) Battery, and two guns of Grimes’ Portsmouth (Va.) Battery were placed about half way up the mountain and five guns of Manly’s (N. C.) Battery and Macon’s (Va.) Battery were placed in Brownsville Pass. About 3 P. M. Munford was attacked and for nearly three hours held position, then his line began to yield. As it retired up the mountain making several stands, it was reinforced by the 10th Georgia of Semmes’ Brigade and, when near the top, by Cobb’s Brigade; but the entire line gave way and retreated in disorder into Pleasant Valley.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board
Crampton’s Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 5 (Confederate Forces) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Crampton’s Pass War Department Tablet C.P. 5 (Confederate Forces) Marker
. (Marker Number C.P. 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.839′ N, 77° 38.128′ W. Marker is in Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road / West Main Street and Mountain Church Road, on the right when traveling west on Gapland Road / West Main Street. 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. Burkittsville: Henry Burkitt’s Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chew’s Ashby Artillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Sealed With Their Lives” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burkittsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gath's Empty Tomb (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mausoleum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brownsville Pass: Semmes’ Gamble (approx. 0.6 miles away); GATH: The Man and His Mountain (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
More about this marker. One of nine markers listed 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
Mahone's Brigade Lines image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
3. Mahone's Brigade Lines
Near the present day Mountain Church Road ran a stone wall, part of the Arnold Farm. Mahone's Brigade deployed along the wall and defended here until forced back.
and Burkittsville to the east.(Source: George R. Large and Joe A. Swisher, “Battle of Antietam: The Official History by the Antietam Battlefield Board”)
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Crampton's Gap. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Historical Profile of the 12th Virginia, and Mahone's Brigade. (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 1,578 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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