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Near Dickerson 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 Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
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 drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
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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 month for this entry is September 1822.
Location. 39° 14.606′ N, 77° 26.344′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Dickerson Road (State Highway 28), on the right when traveling west. Located on the east side of the Monocacy River bridge in a river access parking lot. The marker's location is in Frederick County, although the closest town is Dickerson in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, 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. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. 1½ miles away); Monocacy Aqueduct (approx. 1.6 miles away); Springing Over the Monocacy / The Enduring Aqueduct (approx. 1.7 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sugar Loaf Mountain (approx. 2½ miles away); Sugarloaf Mountain (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
2. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Antietam Campaign: Markers covering the first phases of the 1862 Campaign
Monocacy River Ford image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
3. Monocacy River Ford
The ford here was used by Confederate forces moving toward Frederick after crossing the Potomac at White's Ford.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,713 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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