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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Johnny Cook

 
 
Johnny Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Johnny Cook Marker
Inscription.
At the Battle of Antietam, 15-year-old Johnny Cook was the bugler for Battery B, Fourth United States Artillery. During the Union First Corps attack down the Hagerstown Pike, forty of the battery's one hundred men were killed or wounded. Johnny became a cannoneer and loaded double canister to stop the Confederate counterattack.

For his bravery, Johnny Cook was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. His citation read:
"Volunteered to act as a cannoneer, and as such volunteer served a gun under a terrific fire of the enemy."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 39° 28.856′ N, 77° 44.856′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was at the intersection of Cornfield Avenue and Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling west on Cornfield Avenue. Click for map. Located at stop four of the driving tour of the Antietam Battlefield. Marker was in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (here, next to this marker); A Cornfield Unlike Any Other
Tour Stop Four image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Tour Stop Four
The small plaque on the left indicates the viewing stand was built in 1967 by the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Conservation Center.
(here, next to this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (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); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Johnny Cook. Short biographical sketch of Cook. He is cited as serving in 33 battles. After the war he found employment at the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. (Submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Johnny Cook Marker Missing in <br>Current View of Wayside Station image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. Johnny Cook Marker Missing in
Current View of Wayside Station
Position of Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
4. Position of Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery
To the north of the marker's location along the Dunker Church Road (Old Hagerstown Pike) a War Department tablet and a couple of 12-pdr Napoleons indicate the location of the battery.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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