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

Antietam National Battlefield

Forces crossed Antietam Creek here and advanced into battle

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
Antietam National Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
1. Antietam National Battlefield Marker
Inscription.  You are now at the eastern entrance to Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing at the end of twelve hours of combat.

On September 17, 1862, the farm fields between the creek and the small town of Sharpsburg witnessed deafening and deadly musket and artillery fire. The armies fighting here destroyed many farms and crops, but the Joshua Newcomer farmhouse in front of you survived.

"They fed their horses all my corn and pasture that had not been ruined by the soldiers during the skirmishing and progress of the battle." —Joshua Newcomer

[Captions:]
Captain John C. Tidball, 2nd U.S. Artillery, took position on the high ground to your left and fired an estimated 12000 rounds against Confederate positions north and west of here.

At the time of the battle the road from Boonsboro to Sharpsburg crossed one of Antietam's signature stone bridges. The one here was replaced in 1960. The Newcomer family owned many buildings here including
Antietam National Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
2. Antietam National Battlefield Marker
a grist mill, saw mill, workshop, and barn.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 27.875′ N, 77° 43.646′ W. Marker is near Keedysville, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34) 0.4 miles west of Porterstown Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keedysville MD 21756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Early's Washington Raid (here, next to this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Newcomer House (a few steps from this marker); Heart of the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); History or Memory? (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th and 12th U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
3. Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area marker
Adjacent marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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