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

Colonel James H. Childs

Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry

 
 
Col. Child's Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Col. Child's Monument
Inscription.  
At this spot
Colonel James H. Childs
of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry
in the temporary command of Averill's
Brigade fell mortally wounded on
the morning of September 17th, 1862.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 17, 1890.
 
Location. 39° 27.835′ N, 77° 43.697′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. 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. Third Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); History or Memory? (within shouting distance of this marker); Antietam National Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg Campaign (about 400 feet away); Early's Washington Raid (about 400 feet away); 1862 Antietam Campaign
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(about 400 feet away); 4th and 12th U.S. Infantry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Colonel James H. Childs, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. Note the portrait of Col. Childs and the rather lax dress displayed by cavalrymen in the field. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division. Lt. Col. James Kerr succeeded Col. Childs in command of the regiment. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Col. James H. Childs, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Short biographical entry on Col. Childs. Some of his last words were, “Tell Howe [his son] to be a good boy, and a good man, and true to his country.” (Submitted on November 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Colonel James H. Childs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2011
2. Colonel James H. Childs Marker
Col. Child's Monument beside Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Col. Child's Monument beside Boonsboro Pike
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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