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

The Civil War Veterans Walkway To Glory At Antietam

Dedicated July 2, 1994

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
1. The Civil War Veterans Walkway To Glory At Antietam Marker
Inscription.  
From an era all but forgotten, here lies a reconstructed section of the tree-lined walkway which once extended on both sides of the highway from Antietam Station, 100 yards to your right, to the National Cemetery, 1.3 miles to your left. These are actually sections of the original hand quarried slate curbing that were positioned in 1888. The tree is a sugar maple similar to the original Norway maples that were planted in 1888.

These original trees were furnished by the returning veterans of the Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg both Blue and Gray. Old Soldiers, returning via the Norfolk and Western Railroad for the various reunions and dedications honoring Civil War Veterans, soon became tired of the long walk to the Cemetery in the mud and relentless sun. They took up a collection and paid for the trees which were planted by the State of Maryland. For their comfort, an eight foot gravel walkway was laid on both sides of what was then known as Government Boulevard, with the trees being planted at thirty foot intervals down the center of each walkway.

This beautiful and enduring "Arch of Maples" with its attendant walks
The Civil War Veterans Walkway To Glory At Antietam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
2. The Civil War Veterans Walkway To Glory At Antietam Marker
and curbing still grace Sharpsburg today. Although most of the walkways and pavements have been changed and modernized, dozens of these hand hewn slate curbstones are still visible along Sharpsburg's Main Street. The most finished pieces of the slate were cemented on top of the walls that extend down the hill from the Cemetery. The original Norway maples, having a life span of approximately 100 years, are gradually being replaced by sugar maples.
 
Erected 1994.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesHorticulture & ForestryRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 27.148′ N, 77° 46.054′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34) 0.2 miles west of Ranch Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17320 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Antietam Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grove Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Headquarters Site Gen. R.E. Lee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jacob Highbarger House
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(approx. 0.9 miles away); First Methodist Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Chapline House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Historic Grove House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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