Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Advance Was Made With the Utmost Enthusiasm
After finally driving the Confederates from the bluffs overlooking the Lower Bridge, close to 10,000 Federal troops crossed Antietam Creek and formed on the ridge 300 yards to the east (behind you). At approximately 3:00 p.m., a mile-wide battle line of Union soldiers swept forward across the extremely rugged terrain. About 2,500 Confederate soldiers and forty cannon awaited their advance.
Burnside's men moved through a withering fire of artillery and infantry, surging to the high ridge to the west (in front of you). At about 4:00 p.m., the last of Lee's Confederate reinforcements arrived on the field (from your left). Although exhausted and footsore after marching seventeen miles from Harpers Ferry, Gen. A.P. Hill's Confederate soldiers slammed into the exposed Union left flank and drove them back. As darkness fell, the battlefield finally grew quiet. One soldier in the Ninth Corps remembered, "The conflict died away, the enemy also had got all the fighting they wanted for the day. It had been an afternoon in the valley of death."
Erected 2009 by Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 27.21′ N, 77° 44.356′ Click for map. Located at stop 10, the Final Attack, of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Final Attack (here, next to this marker); Brown’s (Wise), Virginia Battery (here, next to this marker); "It Is A.P. Hill" (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); D.R. Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named D.R. Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a painting depicting The 9th New York, Hawkin's Zouaves, reached the outskirts of Sharpsburg before being driven back by A.P. Hill's Confederates.
Also see . . . Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location, named "Forever Free," (Submitted on September 22, 2009, 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 795 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.