Near Boonsboro in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment was among the units of General Ambrose E. Burnside's 9th army corps that were engaged in battle here on September 14, 1862. The fight began around 9:00 A.M. just south of this site. Around noon a Confederate battery opened fire on the regiment, which was supporting Cook's Massachusetts Battery. The 17th held its position for several hours. At 4:00 P.M. the command was given for an assault along the entire Union line. The Confederates came out of the woods to meet the charge at a fence line in the middle of the field, then moved back to the stone walls along the
Erected 1986 by the 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and the Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 580.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 39° 28.259′ N, 77° 37.047′ W. Marker is near Boonsboro, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Reno Monument Road and the Appalachian Trail, on the right when traveling west on Reno Monument Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle for Fox’s Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Deaths of Two Generals (within shouting distance of this marker); Near Here in Wise’s Field (within shouting distance of this marker); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lost Orders (within shouting distance of this Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (approx. ¼ mile away); The Dahlgren Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); South Mountain Summit (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle at South Mountain (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonsboro.
More about this marker. Walking south on the Appalachian Trail under the tree canopy, you see the marker in the distance back-lit by the glow of the clearing behind it. Steps beyond the marker is Reno Monument Road, and across it is the grassy field with a number of other markers with the Reno Monument on the left of the trail and a parking area on the right. • This is a State of Michigan Historic Site located in Maryland.
Also see . . . They called them the "Stonewall Regiment". (Submitted on May 14, 2011.)
1. My Grandfather, George Norton, served in G company of this regiment.
George Norton survived the war and served later in the U.S. Cavalry in the west. He is my mother’s father. I served as a 20 year old
— Submitted May 5, 2011, by Thomas W. Clarke of York, Pa..
Additional keywords. Battle of South Mountain (Fox's Gap)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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