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

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
Lee Invades Maryland Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. Lee Invades Maryland 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 waited near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek for Jackson’s return.

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 the 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 travel carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
 
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Passel of Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Passel of Markers
This marker is left-most marker of the three in front of the Welcome Center.
Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. 39° 31.476′ N, 77° 36.089′ W. Marker is near Myersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on the West Welcome Center and Rest Area (Interstate 70) near Exit 42 (Maryland Route 17), on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in the I-70 west bound rest stop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myersville MD 21773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (here, next to this marker); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Bill Pate Portal (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The National Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Antietam (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myersville.
 
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.
 
Also see . . .
General Robert E. Lee image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, October 9, 2011
3. General Robert E. Lee
by Julian Vannerson

1. The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) – The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War. (Submitted on November 10, 2006.)
2. Civil War Traveler - Antietam Campaign. Details of the Antietam Campaign Tour marked by the Civil War Trails Markers. (Submitted on May 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Gen'l Geo. B. McClellan<br>c. 1861 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Gen'l Geo. B. McClellan
c. 1861
© M.B. Brady
Battle of South Mountain<br>Franklin's Corps Storming Crampton's Pass image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
5. Battle of South Mountain
Franklin's Corps Storming Crampton's Pass
by A R Waud Harper's Weekly, Oct. 25, 1862.
The Rebel Army Crossing the Fords of the Potomac for the Invasion of Maryland image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
6. The Rebel Army Crossing the Fords of the Potomac for the Invasion of Maryland
by Th. Nast, Harper's Weekly, September 27, 1862.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,665 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on November 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2. submitted on November 8, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on February 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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