Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Colonel James H. Childs
Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry
Colonel James H. Childs
of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry
in the temporary command of Averill's
Brigade fell mortally wounded on
the morning of September 17th, 1862.
Location. 39° 27.835′ N, 77° 43.697′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. 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. Third Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early's Washington Raid (about 400 feet away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (about 400 feet away); 4th and 12th U.S. Infantry (about 400 feet away); The Newcomer House (about 400 feet away); Heart of the Civil War (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. Colonel James H. Childs, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. Note the portrait of Col. Childs and the rather (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division. Lt. Col. James Kerr succeeded Col. Childs in command of the regiment. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. History of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry. An account of Col. Child's death: A single solid shot, which fell in the midst of the squadron supporting these guns, killed two men and four horses. Colonel Childs was among the killed in this battle. He had completed an inspection of the skirmish line, and was with the staff, under cover of a hill, in a place of comparative safety. While there chatting pleasantly, he was struck by a solid shot on the right hip. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Col. James H. Childs, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Short biographical entry on Col. Childs. Some of his last words were, “Tell Howe [his son] to be a good boy, and a good man, and true to his country.” (Submitted on November 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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