Boonsboro in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle for Fox’s Gap
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
—Antietam Campaign 1862 —
The fighting died down at midday as both sides delivered more men to the contest. Hill sent tow regiments of Gen. George B. Anderson's brigade to replace Garland’s scattered forces. Union Gen. Jacob D. Cox posted his regiments south of here along the edge of Daniel Wise’s field and waited for the remainder of Reno’s corps to reinforce him. As more units arrived, Hill sent Gen. Thomas F. Draytons’ and Col. George T. Anderson’s brigades along the “wood road” to attack the Federals. They formed in the Sharpsburg Road and attacked about 4 p.m.
By this time, the rest of Reno’s corps had pulled itself up onto the mountain. As Draytons’ men moved through Wise’s open field, well-aimed Union volleys struck them from behind stone walls. The Federals then counterattacked, and some Georgia troops sheltering in the sunken road soon found themselves trapped. Outnumbered four to
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 28.233′ N, 77° 37.045′ W. Marker is in Boonsboro, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Reno Monument Road and the Appalachian Trail, on the left 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 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deaths of Two Generals (here, next to this marker); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (here, next to this marker); The Lost Orders (a few steps from this marker); Near Here in Wise’s Field (a few steps from this marker); Stonewall Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boonsboro.
More about this marker. On the lower left a photograph is captioned, Situated on the fence-lined Old Sharpsburg Road at Fox's Gap, the Wise farm saw some of the hottest action on September 14. On the right a map of South Mountain
Also see . . .
1. A Gap in Time: The Wise Farmstead/Fox Gap Archaeological Project. (Submitted on July 23, 2006.)
2. The Battle of South Mountain — Fox's Gap. Page on The Central Maryland Heritage League Land Trust's web site. (Submitted on July 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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