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

“A Thrilling Spectacle”

 
 
"A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
1. "A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker
Inscription. Second Corps, with 15,000 soldiers was the largest corps in the Union Army of the Potomac. Its lead division went into the West Woods alone. The other two divisions strayed to the south and passed in front of this point, marching from left to right.

Confederate Colonel John B. Gordon watched them:
"The men in blue formed in my front, an assaulting column four lines deep. The front line came to a 'charge bayonets,' the other lines to a 'right shoulder shift.' The brave Union commander, superbly mounted, placed himself in front, while his band in the rear cheered them with martial music. It was a thrilling spectacle. The banners above them had apparently never been discolored by the smoke and dust of battle. Their gleaming bayonets flashed like burnished silver in the sunlight."

Antietam was the first battle for the 132nd Pennsylvania Regiment.
"An occasional shell whizzed by or over, reminding us that we were rapidly approaching the 'debatable ground.' The compressed lip and set teeth showed that nerve and resolution had been summoned to the discharge of duty."

Then a shell smashed through some beehives on the Roulette farm. Shells and bullets and now angry bees were too much for the rookies. The officers had their hands full getting the regiment formed and moving again.
 
Location.
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Battle Map
Note the north seeking arrow points to the left of this map.
This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 28.43′ N, 77° 44.556′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was on Mummas Lane, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at a pull off on Mummas Lane after stop six of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. The stop is just south of the Visitors Center. Marker was 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 location. I Found the Enemy in Great Force (here, next to this marker); Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Vermont Brigade (about 400 feet away); Twentieth Regiment (about 700 feet away); Battlefield Namesake (about 800 feet away); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (about 800 feet away); New York State Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); 5th Md. Vet. Vol. Infy. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a map illustrating the tactical situation at this phase of the battle. On the upper right, Alexander Gardner photographed the Roulette farm two or three days after the battle. What are probably the smashed beehives are visible in the front of the farm house. The
"A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
3. "A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker
background of the marker is a scene depicting the 132nd Pennsylvania at the Roulette farm.
 
Regarding “A Thrilling Spectacle”. This marker was replaced by another named I Found the Enemy in Great Force (See nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, July 2005
4. "A Thrilling Spectacle" Marker
The Roulette Farm Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
5. The Roulette Farm Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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