“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Inscription. Fresh from the victory at the Second Battle of Manassas General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 1-6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s force to capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jack return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American history and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the north.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along Maryland Civil War Trail’s Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please travel carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Markers at the Museum image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
2. Markers at the Museum
39° 6.884′ N, 77° 33.979′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Loudoun Street SW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Loudoun County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Loudoun Street, Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leesburg (here, next to this marker); Old Stone Church Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Loudoun County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Confederate Soldiers (about 700 feet away); In Memory of the Heroic Dead (about 700 feet away); Our Glorious Dead (about 700 feet away); The Tolbert Building (about 700 feet away); In Honor of The Loudoun Citizens… (about 800 feet away); Loudoun County Court Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); The “I Have a Dream Committee” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lee Invades Maryland by markers.
Also see . . .  Civil War Trails - Antietam Campaign. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Civil War Trails
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,728 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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