Near Zittlestown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle for Fox’s Gap
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
— Antietam Campaign 1862 —
The fighting died down at midday as both sides delivered more men to the contest. Hill sent tow regiments of Gen. George B. Anderson's brigade to replace Garland’s scattered forces. Union Gen. Jacob D. Cox posted his regiments south of here along the edge of Daniel Wise’s field and waited for the remainder of Reno’s corps to reinforce him. As more units arrived, Hill sent Gen. Thomas F. Draytons’ and Col. George T. Anderson’s brigades along the “wood road” to attack the Federals. They formed in the Sharpsburg Road and attacked about 4 p.m.
By this time, the rest of Reno’s corps had pulled itself up onto the mountain. As Draytons’ men moved through Wise’s open field, well-aimed
Erected by Maryland 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 Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 28.233′ N, 77° 37.045′ W. Marker is near Zittlestown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Reno Monument Road and the Appalachian Trail, on the left when traveling west on Reno Monument Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deaths of Two Generals (here, next to this marker); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (here, next to this marker); The Lost Orders (a few steps from this marker); Near Here in Wise’s Field (a few steps from this marker); The "Wiregrass" Georgians (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zittlestown.
More about this marker. On the lower left a photograph is captioned, Situated on the fence-lined Old Sharpsburg Road at Fox's Gap, the Wise farm saw some of the hottest action on September 14. On the right a map of South Mountain indicates the areas involved with the battle. Other Civil War Trails sites are indicated with a red star.
Also see . . .
1. A Gap in Time: The Wise Farmstead/Fox Gap Archaeological Project(Submitted on July 23, 2006.)
2. The Battle of South Mountain — Fox's Gap. Page on The Central Maryland Heritage League Land Trust's web site. (Submitted on July 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,175 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on July 23, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 6. submitted on December 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.