Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mell Rifles & Troup Light Artillery
Sgt. Benjamin Mell, son of Patrick, was seriously wounded. Thomas S. Lee, a local Southern sympathizer, nursed Mell at his home, “Needwood Forest,” near Petersville. Mell died there on Oct. 21, 1862, and was buried in St. Mark’s Episcopal Churchyard, Petersville, his grave marked by a handsome monument.
The Troup Light Artillery was organized in Athens in 1859 and was placed under command of Professor Marcellus Stanley. Stanley later became ill and turned over command to Dr. Henry Carlton, an Athens physician. In his report on the Battle of Crampton’s
(Back Side): This marker is erected to honor the memory of Athenians and their neighbors who fell at Crampton’s Gap on September 14, 1862. The valor of these citizen-soldiers is remembered with gratitude and affection. Most of these men now lie in uninscribed graves in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Rose Hill, Hagerstown, MD:
Cobb’s Legion, Cobb’s Brigade
John J.N. Kenney
Mell Rifles or Camak's Company
Co. D, Cobb’s Legion Infantry, Cobb’s Brigade
J. Martin V.B. Cody, Asa G. Haguewood, John McHannon
Cody Fowler, George T. Highland, Jr., Benjamin Mell
William Glover, John F. Kenney, Burwell E. Yerby
Also killed were Col. John Basil Lamar, General Howell Cobb’s aide and brother-in-law, and Lt. Col. Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar, Commander of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb’s Georgia Legion Infantry, who had close ties to Athens.
Erected 1992 by Athens (GA) Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1861.
Location. 39° 24.33′ N, 77° 38.392′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the 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. Maryland Campaign of 1862 / The Lost Orders (within shouting distance of this marker); Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); Troup Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stage is Set (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartlett Leads the Way (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. Located within feet of the Appalachian Trail, inside Gathland State Park.
Also see . . . A Roster of Members of Mell Rifles, Co D, Cobb Legion Infantry. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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