“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Destined for Antietam

Destined for Antietam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
1. Destined for Antietam Marker
The movements of Lee's part of the Confederate Army is detailed on the upper half of the marker. Jackson's on the lower half.
Inscription. Text of the marker is arranged to illustrate the movements of the Confederate Army during the Antietam Campaign of 1862:

September 10, 1862 from Frederick, Maryland
Confederate commander Lee sends part of his army to capture Harpers Ferry, while he waits in Maryland to advance on Pennsylvania.

September 13
Maryland Heights, MD

Confederates force Union soldiers off Maryland Heights.

September 13
Jackson arrives here on Schoolhouse Ridge, surrounding the Union garrison.

September 14
Jackson's forces bombard Harpers Ferry and outflank the Federals on Bolivar Heights.

September 15Union garrison surrenders, and Jackson advances on Sharpsburg to help Lee, leaving General A.P. Hill behind to deal with the captured prisoners and spoils of war.

September 14
South Mountain, MD

Lee's troops clash with the Union army and delay its counter attack.

September 15
Sharpsburg, MD

Lee withdraws toward Sharpsburg,
Destined for Antietam Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
2. Destined for Antietam Wayside
north of Showman's Knoll. He awaits news from Jackson at Harpers Ferry.

September 17, 1862
Union and Confederate soldiers fight in the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Lee's invasion ends, President Lincoln issues the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.25′ N, 77° 46.75′ W. Marker is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Bakerton Road (County Route 27), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the north section of the School House Ridge unit of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. The marker is along a walking trail just north of the William L. Wilson Freeway (US 340). The trail is best reached from the parking area on Bakerton Road (CR 27). Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Schoolhouse Ridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
3. Schoolhouse Ridge
The wayside stands next to a 3-in Model 1861 Ordnance Rifle.
are within walking distance of this marker. Fake Attack - September 14th (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Assessing the Obstacle (about 500 feet away); Confederates Converge (about 600 feet away); Flag Talk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Dangerous Position (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Position Strong by Nature (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. The background of this marker is a panoramic photograph of the terrain seen from Schoolhouse Ridge. Key points indicated are the respective locations of Sharpsburg, South Mountain, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, and Harpers Ferry. In the lower left corner is an inset photograph of Louisiana soldiers lie dead near the Cornfield at Antietam. Two days earlier these same men stood where you now stand.
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry
Bolivar Heights from Schoolhouse Ridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
4. Bolivar Heights from Schoolhouse Ridge
Looking down the barrel of the 3-inch Rifle at Bolivar heights. The cut through the woods on Bolivar Heights, to the right of the gun barrel, was created to provide viewing for a similar 3-in Rifle placed on that ridge line. The perspective between these two guns is a fine study of artillery placement during the Civil War. Maryland Heights stands behind Bolivar Heights in the distance.
. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on May 22, 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 1,070 times since then and 52 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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