Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cobb’s Brigade McLaw’s Division C.S.A.
Lt. Col. Jefferson M. Lamar & Cobb's Georgia Legion
McLaw’s Division C.S.A.
Cobb’s regiments were hurried to Parham’s aid: the 24th Georgia and 15th North Carolina ascending into the gap first, closely followed by the 16th Georgia and Col. T.R.R. Cobb’s Legion accompanied by Gen. Howell Cobb. Two guns of the Troup Artillery were also commandeered. Outnumbered 6 to 1, Cobb’s and Parham’s troops were decimated and retreated. The next morning only 300 of the Brigade’s 1300 men answered roll call.
Beaten and wounded soldiers straggled in over the next few days. Casualties for the Brigade
& Cobb's Georgia Legion
Cobb’s Legion infantry under Lt. Col. Jefferson M. Lamar accompanied Cobb’s Brigade to Crampton’s Gap. Many of the 248 soldiers were from Athens, GA. By the time Cobb’s Legion took position at the gap, Parham’s line at the foot of the mountain had been overrun. Col. Lamar desperately tried to form a line south of the gap. But the 1st New Jersey Brigade broke through and gained ground above and behind the Legion. The Legion, outnumbered 6 to 1 and partly surrounded, stood its ground.
Erected 1992 by Athens (Georgia) Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1890.
Location. 39° 24.359′ N, 77° 38.405′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Townsend Road, on the right when traveling west on Gapland Road. Inside Gathland State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle for Crampton’s Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Campaign of 1862 / The Lost Orders (within shouting distance of this marker); George Alfred Townsend (within shouting distance of this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Mell Rifles & Troup Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); War Correspondents Memorial ArchFirst New Jersey Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); War Correspondents (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. This is quite possibly the “northernmost” Georgia state marker.
Also see . . .
1. General Cobb’s Account of the Battle. (Submitted on August 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Biography of Lt. Col. Jefferson M. Lamar. (Submitted on August 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,094 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.