Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 28.515′ N, 77° 44.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (here, next to this marker); Purnell Legion Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); 34th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away, measured Dunker Church - "Symbol of Peace and Brotherhood" (about 400 feet away); Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Regarding 125th Penna. Col. Higgins' official report aptly explains the regiments position, and illustrates some of the confusion: "...I again advanced a short distance in the woods, and halted again to examine the enemy's position. I found him in force in my front and on my right. On looking around I discovered myself without support either in my rear or right, and, being the only mounted officer present, I gave my horse to Lieutenant Higgins, and instructed him to ride back to the general, inform him of my situation, and ask him to send me support immediately, or I would be unable to hold my position, and that the enemy would certainly flank me and cut me off, my command being at this time in advance of the whole corps." (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Also see . . . Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 981 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.