Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
George A. Simpson
Killed at Antietam
1st Brigade 1st Division
Recruited in Blair
Huntingdon and Cambria
Moved at early dawn from bivouac on farm of George Line to East Woods near point where Gen. J.K.F. Mansfield was mortally wounded, from there to support Monroe's First Rhode Island Battery on Smoketown Road, then to woods that stood here September 17, 1862. Was the first Union Regiment therein being far advanced and without sufficient support, it was outflanked by the enemy and retired behind batteries in field in rear and subsequently saved the guns of Monroe's Battery from capture. Remained in line until close of battle monument is near the left of its main line of battle.
Loss at Antietam
Killed and Died of
Seriously Wounded 91
Slightly Wounded and Not Reported 84
Erected 1904 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Location. 39° 28.514′ N, 77° 44.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. 125th Penna (here, next to this marker); Purnell Legion Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); 34th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (about 400 Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. Note the photograph at the bottom of the page of the dedication ceremony. The flag used by those at the ceremony was the actual flag that Sergeant Simpson saved from capture during the battle. (Submitted on April 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 125th Pennsylvania Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps. Only entering service a month prior to the battle, this green regiment was led by Col. Jacob Higgins. (Submitted on April 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Short Regimental History of the Regiment (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,161 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.