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Near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

A.P. Hill’s March

“Not a moment too soon”

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —

 
 
A.P. Hill's March Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
1. A.P. Hill's March Marker
Inscription.  
About two o’clock in the afternoon of September 17, 1862, Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill’s 3,000-man division began crossing the Potomac River at Boteler’s Ford about two miles northwest of here, en route to the battle raging at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Two days earlier, Stonewall Jackson had captured Harpers Ferry. When Jackson’s command was ordered to rejoin Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in Maryland, Hill’s division remained behind to parole Federal prisoners and secure supplies and equipment. Hill was summoned, too, and got his division on the march within an hour. He took five brigades, leaving one to finish removing the captured equipment.

Hill pushed his men hard during the 17-mile trek from Harpers Ferry to the Antietam battlefield. The late-summer day was warm and humid, and some of the men fell exhausted by the way on this “long and fatiguing march.” But they arrived on the battlefield less than eight hours after leaving Harpers Ferry, just in time to be thrown into the fight. When Hill reported, Lee exclaimed, “General Hill, I was never so glad to see you.” Wearing a bright red shirt and
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waving his sword, Hill directed his men to strike the flank of the oncoming Federal line. As Hill later put it, “My troops were not a moment too soon.” They turned back the Union assault and saved Lee’s army from a crushing defeat on the bloodiest day in American history.
 
Erected by West Virginia 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 West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 17, 1755.
 
Location. 39° 23.764′ N, 77° 45.855′ W. Marker is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bakerton Road and Knott Road (Route 31/2), on the right when traveling west on Bakerton Road. The marker stands on the grounds of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 Bakerton Rd, Bakerton WV 25410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Indian Deed (approx. 1.8 miles away in Maryland); Antietam Iron Works Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away in Maryland); The Moler Family (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pack Horse Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away); Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 1
A.P. Hill's March Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
2. A.P. Hill's March Marker
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 2 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Boteler’s Ford Tablet B. F. 3 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Battle of Boteler's Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker features a portrait of Gen. A.P. Hill along side a map of the divisions’ march from Harpers Ferry to the battle.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A.P. Hill's March to Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. A.P. Hill's Official Report. Antietam on the Web website entry (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. "And then A P Hill came up". Civil War Talk website entry (Submitted on April 24, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Antietam Campaign 1862
 
Bethesda Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
3. Bethesda Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,202 times since then and 311 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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