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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Johnny Cook

 
 
Johnny Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Johnny Cook Marker
Inscription.  
At the Battle of Antietam, 15-year-old Johnny Cook was the bugler for Battery B, Fourth United States Artillery. During the Union First Corps attack down the Hagerstown Pike, forty of the battery's one hundred men were killed or wounded. Johnny became a cannoneer and loaded double canister to stop the Confederate counterattack.

For his bravery, Johnny Cook was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. His citation read:
"Volunteered to act as a cannoneer, and as such volunteer served a gun under a terrific fire of the enemy."
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 17, 1862.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 28.856′ N, 77° 44.856′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was at the intersection of Cornfield Avenue and Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling west on Cornfield Avenue. Located at
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stop four of the driving tour of the Antietam Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (here, next to this marker); A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (here, next to this marker); "Every Stalk of Corn" (here, next to this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Johnny Cook. Short biographical sketch of Cook. He is cited as serving in 33 battles. After the war he found employment at the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. (Submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Tour Stop Four image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
2. Tour Stop Four
The small plaque on the left indicates the viewing stand was built in 1967 by the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Conservation Center.
Johnny Cook Marker Missing in <br>Current View of Wayside Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. Johnny Cook Marker Missing in
Current View of Wayside Station
Position of Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
4. Position of Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery
To the north of the marker's location along the Dunker Church Road (Old Hagerstown Pike) a War Department tablet and a couple of 12-pounder Napoleons indicate the location of the battery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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