Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
The regiment advanced 264 yards
northwest of this point
returning to this position later in the day
Casualties at Antietam
Recruited in centre Lancaster Mifflin
Tioga and Wayne Counties
Battles Participated in
Secessionville (Near Charleston)
South Mountain - Siege of Knoxville
Antietam - Wilderness
Fredericksburg - Spotsylvania
Vicksburg - North Anna
Jackson - Cold Harbor
Blue Springs - Petersburg
Campbell's Station - The Crater
Poplar Spring Church
Assault on Petersburg
Erected 1904 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Location. 39° 27.289′ N, 77° 44.322′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Old Burnside Bridge Road, on the left when traveling south on Branch Avenue. Touch for map. Located at stop 10, the Final Attack, of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ninth Army Corps (about 400 feet away); Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps (about 500 feet away); The Final Attack (about 500 feet away); The Advance Was Made With the Utmost Enthusiasm (about 500 feet away); Brown’s (Wise), Virginia Battery (about 500 feet away); Longstreet's Command (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 45th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps. Lt. Col. John I. Curtin, who led the regiment at the battle, was a half-brother of Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin. (Submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 45th Pennsylvania Infantry. A regimental history. (Submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Thomas Welsh. Thomas Welsh (May 5, 1824–August 14, 1863) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War and a Union brigadier general during the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Col. Thomas Welsh
The portrait on the left side of the monument is Col. Thomas Welsh. Welsh was the commander of the 45th Pa. since it was organized the year before. During the battle at Antietam, Welsh was in command of Wilcox's 2nd Brigade, while Lt. Col. Curtin was in command of the 45th. As a result of the brigade's distinguished service at South Mountain (3 days previously) and Antietam, Welsh was promoted to Brig. General in Nov. 1862. He died in Aug. 1863 of malaria contracted during the Vicksburg campaign.
— Submitted September 13, 2008, by Rick Wiggin of Linccoln, Massachusetts.
Additional keywords. Welsh
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,183 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2008, by Rick Wiggin of Linccoln, Massachusetts. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 10. submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.