“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Myersville in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

Lee Invades Maryland Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. Lee Invades Maryland Marker
Inscription. Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4-6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s force to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee waited near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek for Jackson’s return.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American history and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the North.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along the Civil War Trails Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90-mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please travel carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Passel of Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Passel of Markers
This marker is left-most marker of the three in front of the Welcome Center.
39° 31.476′ N, 77° 36.089′ W. Marker is near Myersville, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the West Welcome Center and Rest Area (Interstate 70) near Exit 42 (Maryland Route 17), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located in the I-70 west bound rest stop. Marker is in this post office area: Myersville MD 21773, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bill Pate Portal (here, next to this marker); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The National Road (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Myersville.
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) – The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War. (Submitted on November 10, 2006.)
2. Civil War Traveler - Antietam Campaign. Details of the Antietam Campaign Tour marked by the Civil War Trails Markers. (Submitted on May 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,467 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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