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Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade

 
 
Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
1. Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade Marker
Inscription. Here lie the partial remains of four unknown Union soldiers of the Irish Brigade, killed September 17, 1862, during the Battle of Antietam, while assaulting the Confederate positions in “Bloody Lane.” After the war, portions of their bodies were removed and interred in this National Cemetery. These additional remains were discovered within the battlefield in 1988 and reinterred September 27, 1989.
 
Location. 39° 27.591′ N, 77° 44.479′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from E Main Street (Maryland Route 34), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Antietam National Cemetery. 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. 4th New York Volunteer Infantry (here, next to this marker); 20th New York Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Squires’ Battery, 1st Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command
Irish Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
2. Irish Brigade Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Reserve Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Soldier’s Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones' Battalion, Reserve Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brief history of the Irish Brigade. (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle of Antietam. National Park website. (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Marker in Antietam National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
3. Marker in Antietam National Cemetery
Bloody Lane image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
4. Bloody Lane
On September 17, 1862, the Irish Brigade attacked Confederates positioned at this sunken road at the center of the Confederate Line, suffering 540 casualities.
Irish Brigade Monument at the Bloody Lane image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
5. Irish Brigade Monument at the Bloody Lane
Detail of the Irish Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
6. Detail of the Irish Brigade Monument
This relief on the Irish Brigade Monument at Bloody Lane shows a color bearer leading the troops in battle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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