Near Boonsboro in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
13th N.C. Regiment of Gen. Garland's Brigade
On the morning of September 14, 1862, Brig. General Samuel Garland deployed his troops along the Ridge Rd. (Lamb's Knoll Rd.). The 13th North Carolina under the command of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin, Jr. in his report describes the morning action.
"We (13th NC) were directed to take position in an open field upon the brow of a high hill. The enemy was directly in our front, and on our left under cover of a rail fence. We directed our fire to the left and drove them off the field, while still receiving fire from the front. It was then that Brigadier General Samuel Garland fell.
We then moved about 50 yards from brow of hill with the enemy advancing and firing, heavy fire was opened upon us front the right. The enemy had obtained the road on our right and were coming down upon us. An order was given to charge the front and the enemy gave way. We then charged those on our right and drove them back. While engaged, the enemy appeared upon our left. The regiment about faced, charged and repulsed them, thus removed to the Sharpsburg Road and found Gen. Anderson's brigade. We remained with him the rest of the day."
13th North Carolina Troop
O.R., S.I., Vol. XIX, pt.1, pp. 1045-1046
Brigadier General Samuel Garland was with the 13th NC Regiment as it began to waver under pressure. Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin, Jr. shouted, "General, why are you here?" Garland replied, "I may as well be here as yourself." Ruffin answered, "No, it is my duty, but you should lead your brigade from a safer position." At that moment Ruffin was hit in the hip, and Garland also fell, hit in the center of the back and exited 2" above his right breast. His last words, "I am killed, send for the senior colonel."
Erected by The Living History Association of Mecklenburg, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1862.
Location. 39° 28.222′ N, 77° 37.03′ W. Marker is near Boonsboro, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Reno Monument Road and Lamb's Knoll Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is along the General Garland Trail that leads from Wise's Field to the North Carolina Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21605 Reno Monument Rd, Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Wiregrass" Georgians (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Historic Wise's Field (a few steps from this marker); Near Here in Wise’s Field (a few steps from this marker); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (a few steps from this marker); The Lost Orders (within shouting distance of this marker); Deaths of Two Generals (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle for Fox’s Gap (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boonsboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.