“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“Sealed With Their Lives”

"Sealed With Their Lives" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. "Sealed With Their Lives" Marker
Inscription.  Just before the Confederate line along Mountain Church Road gave way, Brigadier General Howell Cobb arrived in Crampton’s Gap with his Georgia and North Carolina troops. After meeting with Colonel Thomas Munford, who had been directing the battle, Cobb allowed Munford to deploy Cobb’s troops. Munford ordered the 15th North Carolina to the Arnoldstown Road. There they took a position behind a stone wall facing Whipp’s Ravine. The 24th Georgia was ordered into the ravine while Cobb’s Legion followed by the 16th Georgia, moved down Gapland Road. Near here Cobb’s Legion formed line of battle on the mountain slope about halfway down between the two roads, the 16th Georgia to its left. As remnants of Munford’s shattered line rushed through the Legion’s ranks, Torbert’s New Jersey Brigade surrounded it on three sides, the 3rd New Jersey wheeling down onto the Legion from behind after climbing to Gapland Road unopposed.

Twelve hundred New Jersey soldiers surrounded the 248 men of Cobb’s Legion. If Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson Lamar, the Legion’s commander, retreated, he might start a stampede of the entire Confederate line; but, if he stayed
Close Up View of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Close Up View of the Map
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where he was, he might buy time for the rest of the Confederates to retreat. He chose to stay. Shortly after, a bullet smashed into his leg, toppling him to the ground. Eventually, Captain William Lowe of Company F, also wounded in the leg, called to Lamar that the Legion was being annihilated. Lowe helped Lamar to his feet so he could order the Legion out of the killing field. No sooner had Lamar done so than a bullet tore through his chest, mortally wounding him. In about twenty minutes, the Legion sustained 72% casualties—killed, wounded, and missing.

Order of Battle
Confederate States of America
Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb
16th Ga., 24th Ga., Cobb’s Legion, 15th N.C.

Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes
10th Ga.

Col. Thomas T. Munford
2nd Va. Cav., 12th Va. Cav., Chew’s Battery

Col. William A. Parham
6th Va., 12th Va., 16th Va., Portsmouth Light Arty.

United States of America

Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, VI Corps

Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum
Col. Torbert
1st N.J., 2nd N.J., 3rd N.J., 4th N.J.

Col. Bartlett
27th N.Y. 16th N.Y., 5th Me., 96th Pa.

Brig. Gen. Newton
18th N.Y., 31st N.Y., 32nd N.Y., 95th Pa.

Maj. Gen. William F. (Baldy) Smith
Brig. Gen. Brooks
2nd Vt., 3rd Vt. (nc), 4th Vt., 5th Vt. (nc), 6th Vt (nc)
(nc) noncombatants

Three Blue and Gray Markers beside Gapland Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
3. Three Blue and Gray Markers beside Gapland Road
Cobb's Legion's battle line extended parallel to the road in this section of the battlefield.
to the citizens of the United States in honor of our ancestor, Private James Anderson Coker, 24th Georgia Volunteers, by Keith C. O'Neil & family.

Erected by Blue and Gray Educational Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 24.087′ N, 77° 38.27′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Gapland Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. Burkittsville: Henry Burkitt’s Town (here, next to this marker); Chew’s Ashby Artillery (here, next to this marker); Gath's Empty Tomb (approx. ¼ mile away); Mausoleum (approx. ¼ mile away); The Confusion of Battle (approx. ¼ mile away); The 15th North Carolina (approx. ¼ mile away); Brownsville Pass: Semmes’ Gamble (approx. ¼ mile away); GATH: The Man and His Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. Flanking the text are portraits of General Cobb and Colonel Lamar. A map depicts unit movements described in the text. A newspaper drawing carries the caption “This engraving appeared in Harper’s Weekly on October 15, 1862. It probably depicts the defense of Cobb’s Legion against Torbert’s New Jersey Brigade.”
Also see . . .  Cobb’s Brigade Marker. Located further up the mountain, this marker provides additional information regarding Cobb’s Legion and Col. Lamar. (Submitted on August 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Whipp's Ravine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
4. Whipp's Ravine
The ravine runs behind the old church, opposite the markers along Gapland Road. The ravine extends up the mountain nearly to the base of the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, forming the "gap" in Crampton's Gap.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,767 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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