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

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, March 22, 2022
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign 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 awaited Jackson's return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

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 Maryland 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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Robert E. Lee
Gen. George B. McClellan
Franklin's Corps storming Crampton's Gap on South Mountain.
The Confederate army crosses the Potomac River into Maryland.

Erected by 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. A significant historical date for this entry is September 4, 1862.
Location. 39° 22.236′ N, 77° 23.922′ W. Marker is near Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Urbana Pike (Maryland Route 355) 0.4 miles south of New Technology Way, on the right when traveling south. Located on the Best Farm grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lost Order (here, next to this marker); L'Hermitage (here, next to this marker); Caught in the Crossfire (here, next to this marker); 14th New Jersey Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commemoration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federals Take a Stand (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nick of Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Crossroads of History (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Also see . . .  Best Farm - Monocacy National Battlefield. National Park
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jordan Butler, April 7, 2023
2. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
The marker is on the left. A L'Hermitage Plantation dwelling stands in the background at far right.
Service. (Submitted on March 29, 2022.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2022, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 28, 2022, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on April 7, 2023, by Jordan Butler of New Windsor, Maryland, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023