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

Brigadier General William E. Starke

 
 
Starke Mortuary Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. Starke Mortuary Monument
Inscription.  
Brigadier General
William E. Starke
C.S.A.
Killed Here.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 28.704′ N, 77° 44.924′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Located at Stop 5 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 marker. "We May Never Meet Again" (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); "With Flags Flying" (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Jaws of Death" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;"
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on a Model 1857 12-pounder Light Field Gun, also known as a "Napoleon."
 
Also see . . .
1. Six Generals Killed at Antietam. Starke was leading the Stonewall Division at the time of his death. He had replaced the wounded General J.R. Jones earlier in the day. (Submitted on April 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. William E. Starke. William Edwin Starke (1814 – September 17, 1862) was a wealthy Gulf Coast businessman and a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was killed in action at the Battle of Antietam while commanding the famed "Stonewall Division," a unit first made famous under Stonewall Jackson. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Gen. William Starke Mortuary Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2005
2. Gen. William Starke Mortuary Monument
Starke Mortuary Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Starke Mortuary Monument
Brig. General William E. Starke (1814-1862) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
4. Brig. General William E. Starke (1814-1862)
A strong Union attack on the morning of September 17 drove back the Confederate lines. Starke was shot three times and died within an hour.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,290 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on November 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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