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

Longstreet's Command

Toombs' Brigade, D.R. Jones' Division

 
 
Toombs' Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. Toombs' Brigade Tablet
Inscription.  
C.S.A.
Longstreet's Command.
Toombs' Brigade, D.R. Jones' Division

Brigadier General Robert Toombs, Commanding.
Organization.
2d, 15th, 17th, and 20th Georgia Infantry.
(September 15-17, 1862.)

Toombs' Brigade took position on the evening of September 15, on the bluff commanding the Burnside Bridge and a ford a short distance below. His skirmishers and several batteries of artillery engaged the enemy during the afternoon of the 16th. On the morning of the 17th the brigade was exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy's artillery on the opposite side of the Antietam. Between 9 a.m. and noon the enemy made several attempts to carry the bridge, but failed. An assault at 1 p.m., was successful and the Brigade fell back and formed line in this road, on the extreme right of the Division, and co-operated with Archer's Brigade of A.P. Hill's Division in checking the further advance of the enemy.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 345.)
 
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. In addition, it is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 15, 1862.
 
Location. 39° 27.088′ N, 77° 44.814′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Harpers Ferry Road, on the right when traveling north. Located at the start of a foot path to the Hawkins Zouaves Memorial. 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 marker. Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); Kemper's (Va) Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1st Maryland Artillery (CSA) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9th New York Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Toombs' Brigade, D.R. Jones Division. Toombs, a politician in pre-war life,
Longstreet's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Longstreet's Command Marker
was later disappointed he was not promoted. Resigning from the army in early 1863, he would return to service in 1864 when his home state of Georgia was threatened. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Footpath to Hawkins Zouaves Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Footpath to Hawkins Zouaves Monument
Beside the entrance to the foot path are tablets for Toombs' Brigade (Number 345), on the left and Archer's Brigade (Number 352) on the right. Tablet K for Kemper's Brigade stands just past the start of the trail.
Longstreet's Command Marker<br>First from the Left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Longstreet's Command Marker
First from the Left
Brig. General Robert Toombs (1810-1885) image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
5. Brig. General Robert Toombs (1810-1885)
He was wounded in the hand at the Battle of Antietam.
Toombs' Brigade Retreats image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Toombs' Brigade Retreats
After forced away from Burnside Bridge and Snavely's Ford, Toombs' Brigade fell back through the Forty Acre Cornfield and the fields here, from right to left, west of Branch Avenue to a point aligned with Harpers Ferry Road. There the Brigade supported and was covered by several artillery batteries. Later, when A.P. Hill's Division pressured the Federal IX Corps, Toombs' Brigade joined in the pursuit and advanced back across the fields in the distance here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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