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

Fifth Army Corps

 
 
Fifth Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Fifth Corps Tablet
Inscription.  
U.S.A.
Fifth Army Corps.

Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, Commanding.
September 15 and 16, 1862.

The Fifth Army Corps constituted the reserve of the Army of the Potomac. Its advance, Sykes' Division, reached this point in the afternoon of Sept. 15.

On the morning of Sept. 16, it formed in the fields to the south of the Boonsboro Pike in support of the Reserve Artillery which occupied the ridge in front of this point.

Morell's Division arrived at Keedysville about noon on Sept. 16, and encamped in the fields west of the town.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 33.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series list.
 
Location. 39° 28.13′ N, 77° 42.957′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
Fifth Corps Tablet along Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. Fifth Corps Tablet along Boonsboro Pike
. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Army Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Pry Family Upheaval (approx. half a mile away); Second Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Newcomer House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Heart of the Civil War (approx. 0.7 miles away); 4th and 12th U.S. Infantry (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.7 miles away); Early's Washington Raid (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers and Monuments covering V Corps, V Corps Artillery, 1st and 2nd Divisions.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. General Porter was somewhat a "political" casualty of the campaign. Being rather close to McClellan, he became the focus of an investigation regarding the Second Bull Run and Antietam Campaigns. Eventually he was court martialed and dismissed from the army. Only in 1878 was his record cleared. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Arrival of Fifth Corps image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Arrival of Fifth Corps
Looking east on Boonsboro Pike, the Fifth Corps arrived from the direction of Keedysville and deployed to cover the center section of the battlefield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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