Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Aftermath Along the Hagerstown Turnpike
Throughout the morning of the battle, fighting raged here along the Hagerstown Turnpike. At one point, Union and Confederate forces found themselves just yards away from each other on opposite sides of this road. Afterward, commander of the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry Major Rufus Dawes, remembered, “The piles of dead on the Sharpsburg and Hagerstown Turnpike surpassed anything on any other battlefield of my observation . . . my feeling was that the Antietam Turnpike surpassed all in manifest evidence of slaughter.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 28.821′ N, 77° 44.903′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old Hagerstown Turnpike / Dunker Church Road south of Starke Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Antietam National Battlefield on Dunker Church Road, just south of Starke Avenue. 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. Sedgwick's Division, Second Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Twelfth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Massachusetts State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Division, Jackson'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 features a Civil War era photo of dead soldiers at the location of the marker. It has a caption of “Photographer Alexander Gardner described these broken bodies as dead Confederates. The Hagerstown Turnpike is on the other side of the fence on the right.”
Also see . . . Battle of Antietam. National Park website.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.