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

“We May Never Meet Again”

"We May Never Meet Again" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. "We May Never Meet Again" Marker
Inscription. A few days before the battle, bidding farewell to a friend, Union General Mansfield said:
"We may never meet again."

Brigadier General
William E. Starke, C.S.A.
He led the counterattack that helped stop the first Union attack down the Hagerstown Pike. He was hit by three bullets and died within the hour.

Brigadier General
George B. Anderson, C.S.A.
His brigade was posted in the Sunken Road - Bloody Lane. His ankle wound did not seem serious, but he died October 16 at age 31.

Brigadier General
Isaac P. Rodman, U.S.A.
During the last Union attack, between Lower Bridge and Sharpsburg, Rodman saw the Confederate counterattack coming and galloped ahead to warn his leading regiments. He was killed by a bullet in the chest.

Major General
Joseph K.F. Mansfield, U.S.A.
At age 59, two days before the Battle of Antietam, he was finally given a combat command. He was wounded as he prepared to lead his corps out of the East Woods into the Cornfield. Carried to the rear, he died a short time later.

Map of Mortuary Monuments image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Map of Mortuary Monuments
Israel B. Richardson, U.S.A.
Richardson was a division commander in the Union Second Corps attacking the Sunken Road. Trying to organize the attack that might well have won the battle, he was wounded by a shell burst. He died November 3.

Brigadier General
Lawrence O'Brien Branch, C.S.A.
Branch was with the Confederates that Rodman tried to stop. He was shot and killed as his men pursued the Union troops toward Lower Bridge.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 28.697′ N, 77° 44.946′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker could be reached from Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop five of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, near the Philadelphia Brigade monument. Marker was 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 location. Philadelphia Brigade Park (here,
Marker in the Parking Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Marker in the Parking Area
next to this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;" (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General William E. Starke (within shouting distance of this marker); The Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd Delaware Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Generals Starke, Anderson, Rodman, Mansfield, Richardson, and Branch next to the text discussions for each. In the center is a map of the battlefield showing the locations of the mortuary monuments.
Regarding "We May Never Meet Again". This marker was replaced by another named Philadelphia Brigade Park (See nearby markers).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Locate the six Mortuary Monuments at Antietam.
Also see . . .  Six General Killed at Antietam. National Park Service page detailing the six generals killed in the battle. (Submitted on April 9, 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 1,188 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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