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

Philadelphia Brigade Monument

 
 
The Philadelphia Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. The Philadelphia Brigade Monument
Inscription.
(east or front face):
The
Philadelphia Brigade
fought here
September 17, 1862
Loss - 545 men
Second Brigade

(north face):
The
Philadelphia Brigade
was mustered into the
U.S. Service in 1861
under the first call for
300,000 three year volunteers.
Total enrollment 1861 - 1865
5320 men
Second Division

(west face or rear):
The
Philadelphia Brigade
Organization
Sixty-ninth
Seventy-first
Seventy-second
One hundred and sixth
Regiments of
Pennsylvania Infantry
Second Corps

(south face):
The
Philadelphia Brigade
took part in the operations
battles and skirmishes
of the Army of the Potomac
from Balls Bluff to Appomattox
during term of service 1861 - 1865
Total Loss 3409 men
Army of the Potomac

 
Erected
Front or East Face of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Front or East Face of Monument
1896 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 28.706′ N, 77° 44.953′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on 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, in a circle within the parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Brigade Park (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); 3rd Delaware Infantry
North Face image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. North Face
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away); Brockenbrough’s 2nd Baltimore, Maryland Battery (about 300 feet away); Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away); Longstreet's Command (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. The monument, due to it's high profile, can be seen from many sections of the battlefield, and serves as a place mark to orient the visitor to the ground.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Pennsylvania Units at Antietam
 
Also see . . .
West or Rear Face image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
4. West or Rear Face

1. The Philadelphia Brigade Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Philadelphia or California Brigade. Early in the war, Senator Edward Baker of Oregon raised several regiments titled "California" regiments. The name was more gesture than reality, since all were raised in Philadelphia, with men from various origins, but not particular to the western state. After Baker's death at the Battle of Balls Bluff, the regiments were renamed to their state of origin, and the brigade was labeled the "Philadelphia Brigade." (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
South Face image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
5. South Face
Pennslyvania Crest on Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Pennslyvania Crest on Monument
Philadelphia Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
7. Philadelphia Brigade Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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