Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"The Jaws of Death"
"The last of the charging lines had gone beyond, and was sweeping majestically into the jaws of death when the mass seemed to halt, while from the front line spouted forth a long angry sheet of flame from innumerable gun barrels. Men were falling fast now, as unseen batteries were pelting the lines with an iron storm, and Confederate bullets were finding the object of their flight."
Confederate infantry and artillery hit the Union lines from three directions. Sedgwick was wounded. Major General Edwin Sumner, Second Corps commander, was helpless:
"Back, boys, for God's Ssake, move back! You are in a bad fix!"
In about 15 minutes Sedgwick's division lost almost 2,300 men killed and wounded - about half their original number.
"Where the line stood the ground was covered in blue."
The Confederates pursued the Federals out of the woods and were themselves cut down by waiting infantry and artillery.
When it was almost over a Twelfth Corps division commanded by Brigadier General George Green - a division left over from Mansfield's earlier attack -
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 28.697′ N, 77° 44.969′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Located at stop five of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, near the Philadelphia Brigade monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;" (here, next to this marker); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (here, next to this marker); "With Flags Flying" (here, next to this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); "We May Never Meet Again" (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Baltimore Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Baltimore Battery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of the battle during the action described on the marker. On the upper right is a map illustrating the unit movements described on in the text.
Regarding "The Jaws of Death".
Also see . . . Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,287 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on April 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.