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Near Marlowe in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 6, 2020
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 waited near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek for Jackson’s return.

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 the 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 travel 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 West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1900.
 
Location. 39° 35.214′ N, 77° 50.85′ W. Marker is near Marlowe, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Interstate 81. Marker is located on the grounds of the I-81 Welcome Center in West Virginia near the Maryland border. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falling Waters WV 25419, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Virginia (Berkeley County) / Maryland (approx. 1.2 miles away); Watkins' Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Canal Home (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); At All Hours (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); Lock 44 (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); Honor Roll (approx. 1.4 miles away in Maryland); WWII (approx. 1.4 miles away in Maryland); Boats Passing By (approx. 1.4 miles away in Maryland).
 
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 6, 2020
2. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,043 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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