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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Inscription. Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4–6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s force to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jackson’s return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American History and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the North.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along Maryland Civil War Trails’ Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
2. National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Two Civil War Trails markers face the alley beside a Frederick informational map.
39° 24.836′ N, 77° 24.563′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on East Patrick Street (State Highway 144), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located on the west side wall of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hospitals in Frederick (here, next to this marker); One Vast Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Frederick (within shouting distance of this marker); Market & Patrick Streets (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Crossroads of American History (about 400 feet away); Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 500 feet away); The National Road (about 500 feet away); Kemp Hall (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
 
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
3. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Markers are located on the wall of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
4. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Markers are located on the wall of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Old B & O Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
5. Old B & O Railroad Station
At the corner of Market and All Saints Street (roughly two blocks south of the Museum), the railroad ran through Frederick here during the Civil War. On October 4, 1862, Abraham Lincoln spoke to the citizens of Frederick from a rail car while returning from a visit to Antietam and a conference with General George B. McClellan.
The Confederate army crosses the Potomac River into Maryland image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 2, 2016
6. The Confederate army crosses the Potomac River into Maryland
Close-up of image on marker
Franklin's Corps storming Crampton's Gap on South Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 2, 2016
7. Franklin's Corps storming Crampton's Gap on South Mountain
Close-up of image on marker
Gen. Robert E. Lee / Gen. George B. McClellan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 2, 2016
8. Gen. Robert E. Lee / Gen. George B. McClellan
Close-up of photos on marker
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
9. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Markers are located on the wall of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
National Museum of Civil War Medicine image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2009
10. National Museum of Civil War Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9, 10. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016.
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