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Jackson's Command

Garland's Brigade, D.H. Hill's Division

 
 
Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Jackson's Command Marker
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Jackson's Command,
Garland's Brigade, D.H. Hill's Division,

Col. D.K. McRae, 5th North Carolina, Commanding.
Organization.
5th, 12th, 13th, 20th, and 23d North Carolina Infantry.
(September 17, 1862.)

On the night of September 16, Garland's Brigade bivouacked in the fields south east of Roulette's House. Early on the 17th, it moved to the support of Ripley and Colquitt and, crossing the Smoketown Road a few feet east of this point, made effort to form on Colquitt's right, but was thrown into confusion and halted in the woods, under cover of boulders, rock ledges and rolling ground, a few yards in advance of this. The advance of Greene's division, Twelfth Corps, struck it in flank and caused it to retired in disorder across the Mumma Fields; a part of the brigade rallying in the west end of the Sunken Road and joining a remnant of Colquitt's Brigade, the remainder retreating to Sharpsburg, where it was partially rallied and assisted Evan's Brigade in checking the advance of the Federals on and south of the Boonsboro Pike.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 340.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location.
Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Jackson's Command Marker
39° 28.874′ N, 77° 44.512′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Cornfield Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the pull off for stop three 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. Greene's Division, Twelfth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); The East Woods (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th New Jersey Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixth Army Corps (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (about 400 feet away); First New Jersey Brigade (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Regarding Jackson's Command. This marker is included on the East Woods Virtual Tour by Markers see the Virtual tour link below to see the markers in sequence.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Garland's Brigade Positions.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Batlefield
East End of Cornfield Avenue - Driving Tour Stop Three image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. East End of Cornfield Avenue - Driving Tour Stop Three
At the east end of Cornfield Avenue is a pull off for stop three. Around stop three stand War Department tablet #117 (Greene's Division) and a National Park Service interpretive marker, on the left or north side of the road. On the right, or south side, side of the road is War Department tablet #340 for Garland's Brigade.

Tyndall's Brigade of Green's Federal division advanced across this ground, what was then part of the East Woods.
. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Garland's Brigade. When Garland was killed at the battle of South Mountain, Col. D.K. McRae assumed command of the brigade. (Submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. East Woods Virtual Tour by Markers. A collection of markers interpreting the action of during the Battle of Antietam around the East Woods. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Col. Duncan Kirkland McRae. He had attended the University of North Carolina and William & Mary College (Va). He was U.S. District Attorney for North Carolina from 1843-50, was the US Consul-General in Paris from 1853 until 1858, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of his state in 1858 (defeated by John W. Ellis). He was appointed Colonel of the Fifth NC Infantry by Governor Ellis when that Regiment organized on 8 May 1861. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Jackson's Command Marker
Col. Duncan Kirkland McRae (1820-1888) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Col. Duncan Kirkland McRae (1820-1888)
Garland's Brigade Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. Garland's Brigade Position
Looking across the Mumma Farm from the Smoketown Road, at a point to the south of the marker. Originally posted near the Sunken Road, the Brigade moved up to the Mumma Farm, then across the fields along the Smoketown Road. The Brigade just reached the south corner of the East Woods before meeting heavy resistance.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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