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

59th New York Infantry

 
 
59th New York Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. 59th New York Infantry Monument
On the flanks of the monument are listed the years 1862 and 1919. The former, the year of the battle. The later is the year the monument was made.
Inscription.
3d Brig. - 2d Div. - 2d Corps
————
John Lemuel Stetson
of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Lieutenant Colonel
————
"Men Rally on Your Colors"
Out of 300 men and 21 officers who went into battle
nearby, there fell 224, including Lieut. Col. Stetson and
8 officers - a loss in officers exceeded only twice in the war.
————
In memory of his brother, by Francis Lynde Stetson

 
Erected 1920.
 
Location. 39° 28.557′ N, 77° 44.796′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike and Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling north on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike. Click for map. 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.
Close Up of Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. Close Up of Inscription
Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Destroy the Rebel Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Beacon of Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); Twelfth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Dunkard Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Two 59th New York Related Monuments.
 
Also see . . .
1. 59th New York Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 59th New York Infantry. Regimental history. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Lt. Col. John Lemuel Stetson
59th New York Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
3. 59th New York Infantry Marker
. (Submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Monument at the Intersection of Dunker Church and Somketown Roads image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
4. Monument at the Intersection of Dunker Church and Somketown Roads
59th New York Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. 59th New York Infantry Monument
Lieut. Col. John Lemuel Stetson (1834-1862) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
6. Lieut. Col. John Lemuel Stetson (1834-1862)
Antietam provided the first significant combat for the 59th and their Lieutenant Colonel, with terrible results - on 17 September Stetson was mortally wounded in action "at the head of his Regiment" in the West Woods.
The 59th New York in the West Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
7. The 59th New York in the West Woods
The 59th New York advanced through the West Woods, to a point near here, along a service road, just east of the modern Hagerstown Pike bypass. Due to terrain and changes to unit facings, the 59th was actually the left most unit in an exposed flank. Near this point, Early's Confederate Brigade hit the left side of the 59th, precipitating a disaster for Sedgwick's Federals.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 973 times since then and 16 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.   5, 6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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