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8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

 
 
Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. Front of Monument
Inscription. (Front Face):
8th Conn.
Vol.
Infantry
2d Brig.
3d Div.
9th Corps.


(Back Face):
Advanced position
8th Conn. V.I.
———
No. Engaged - 400
Killed and Wounded - 194

 
Erected 1894 by State of Connecticut.
 
Location. 39° 27.142′ N, 77° 44.622′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Harpers Ferry Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the end of a trail to Hawkins Zouave Monument. The 8th Conn. monument is located on private property adjacent to the National Park boundary. 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. Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman (within shouting distance of this marker); 9th New York Infantry
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Back of Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kemper's (Va) Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wise (Virginia) Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ninth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles 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. Connecticut Monuments at Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 8th Connecticut Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
8th Connecticut Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. 8th Connecticut Monument
. The regiment suffered 43% casualties during the battle. LCol. Hiram Appelman commanding the regiment was among the wounded. Major J. Edgar Ward, replacing Appelman would write, The fire from artillery and musketry was very severe, the regiment receiving fire in front and on both flanks. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. 8th Connecticut at Antietam. Detailed references to the unit's activities at Antietam. Of note, the time line of the regiment's activities provides some insight into the confusion on the Federal left in the afternoon following Rodman's mortal wounding. The plan of 8th Connecticut movements during A.P. Hill's counterattack is worthy of detailed examination. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
8th Connecticut Stand. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
4. 8th Connecticut Stand.
When Harland's Brigade (2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps) was ordered forward to support the 1st Brigade, only the 8th Connecticut answered the orders promptly. Looking east from near the monument location. The Brigade was soon spread out too far apart to control. However, the 8th continued it's advance, up the hill here, with the dry creek bed (tree line to the right) on their left flank. When General Rodman, the division commander, was struck down 8th Connecticut men carried him to the rear. Pressured from several sides by infantry and artillery, the 8th Connecticut conducted a fighting withdrawal back to Burnside Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 786 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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