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

Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command

 
 
A.P. Hill's Light Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. A.P. Hill's Light Division Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command,

Maj. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill, Commanding.
September 17, 1862.

A.P. Hill's Division left Harper's Ferry at 7:30 a.m., crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford and reached this point at 2:30 p.m.

Pender's and Field's Brigades were detached to cover the approaches from the lower Antietam. Branch's, Gregg's and Archer's Brigades formed line along this road connecting with the right of D.R. Jones' Division. These brigades supported by Toombs, crossed the fields, encountered the left of the enemy's advancing line, checked its further progress and took position behind the stone fence about 600 yards distant.

They remained in this position until midnight of the 18th, when they withdrew and, acting as rear guard of the Confederate Army, recrossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford about 9:30 am.m of the 19th.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 348.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.842′ N, 77° 44.757′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Harpers
Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command Marker
Ferry Road and Branch Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Harpers Ferry Road. Click for map. Marker is at the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Harpers Ferry Road. 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. Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); Munford's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); Pegramís (Purcell), Virginia Battery (a few steps from this marker); 1st Maryland Artillery (CSA) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A.P. Hill's Division Tablets and Monuments
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Hill's Light Division. Writing of his march from Harpers
Confederate Tablet Cluster at Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Confederate Tablet Cluster at Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue
At the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue stand, from left to right, tablets for Field's Brigade (Number 349), Branch's Brigade (Number 353), Hill's Light Division (Number 348), Munford's Brigade (Number 320), and A.P. Hill's Artillery Battalion (Number 372).
Ferry in the official report, Hill wrote, ...my division was put in motion at 7.30 a.m. The head of my column arrived upon the battle-field of Sharpsburg, a distance of 17 miles, at 2.30 o'clock... (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. A.P. Hill. Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. (November 9, 1825 — April 2, 1865) was a Confederate army general who was killed in the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 13, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command Marker<br>Third From the Left image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command Marker
Third From the Left
Lieut. General Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. (1825-1865) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Lieut. General Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. (1825-1865)
Hill marched his men at a grueling pace and reached the battlefield just in time to counterattack a strong forward movement by the corps of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, which threatened to destroy Lee's right flank. Hill's arrival neutralized the threat, bringing an end to the battle with Lee's army battered but undefeated. Hours after the battle, Hill told an inquisitive major that Burnside owned him $8,000.
Arrival of A.P. Hill's Division image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Arrival of A.P. Hill's Division
From the tablet location looking south to the intersection of Millers Sawmill Road and Harpers Ferry Road. Hill's Division arrived marching up Sawmill Road and would deploy brigades into action from that point.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 774 times since then and 23 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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