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Middletown in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Middletown in the Path of War

1862-1864

 
 
Middletown in the Path of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
1. Middletown in the Path of War Marker
Inscription. Union soldiers marched through Middletown by the thousands in September 1862 to repel Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North. Middletown citizens turned out to cheer them on. The Union army Would face Confederate forces on nearby South Mountain before engaging in the deadly fight at Antietam. Many survivors were brought back here for medical care.

In July 1864, Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early invaded Middletown on their way to Frederick and their planned attack on Washington, D.C. In retribution for the devastation inflicted against people and property by Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Early threatened Maryland towns along the National Road—including Middletown. To many here, the sight of Confederate soldiers meant the possible loss of life and home.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
 
Location. 39° 26.63′ N, 77° 32.802′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Alternate U.S. 40) and South Jefferston Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: near 28 West Main Street, Middletown MD 21769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Middletown in the Path of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
2. Middletown in the Path of War Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Commemoration (a few steps from this marker); 29 West Main Street (a few steps from this marker); Valley Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); 31 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 13 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Main's Ice Cream Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Clovinger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Middletown in the Civil War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Middletown in the Path of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
3. Middletown in the Path of War Marker
Middletown in the Path of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 25, 2017
4. Middletown in the Path of War Marker
Middleton (sic) M.D. near South Mountain image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
5. Middleton (sic) M.D. near South Mountain
War Correspondent A.R. Waud sketched this scene of Union Troops passing through Middletown on their way to South Mountain and Antietam in September 1862.
Burning the Bridge over Catoctin Creek and the Adam Koogle House by F.H. Schell image. Click for full size.
By Leslie's Weekly Newspaper
6. Burning the Bridge over Catoctin Creek and the Adam Koogle House by F.H. Schell
In September 1862, just west of town, Confederates burned the bridge over Catoctin Creek to impede teh Union drive toward South Mountain. The Koogle House, used as a Rebel headquarters by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, was spared. The family later cared for a wounded Union soldier — their son — and a confederate in the same room.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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