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

19th Century Backpacker

The Civil War Soldier

 

—Antietam Campaign 1862 —

 
19th Century Backpacker -The Civil War Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
1. 19th Century Backpacker -The Civil War Soldier Marker
Inscription. An unnamed citizen of Frederick City said the following of the Confederates he had beheld marching through his hometown: “I have never seen a mass of such filthy strong-smelling men. Three in a room would make it unbearable, and when marching in column along the street the smell from them was most offensive... The filth that pervades them is most remarkable... They have no uniforms, but are all well armed and equipped, and have become so inured to hardships that they care but little for any of the comforts of civilization... They are the roughest looking set of creatures I ever saw, their features, hair and clothing matted with dirt and filth, and the scratching they kept up gave warrant of vermin in abundance.” Another observer described the Confederates simply as “a lean and hungry set of wolves.”
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.067′ N, 77° 37.198′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Old National Road (Alternate U.S. 40) and Washington Monument Road, on the right when traveling east on Old National Road
Typical Soldier - Side View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
2. Typical Soldier - Side View
. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the Old South Mountain Inn. Very close to the Frederick and Washington County line. The Appalachian Trail passes a few feet from the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown MD 21769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle at South Mountain (here, next to this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 5 (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); John Collins (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Campaign of 1862 / The Lost Orders (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays three pictures of a modern day living historian wearing standard Confederate field gear of the day.
 
Also see . . .
Typical Soldier - Rear View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
3. Typical Soldier - Rear View
 What was life as a soldier like in 1863?. (Submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Details of Soldier's Pack and Field Gear image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
4. Details of Soldier's Pack and Field Gear
Three Maryland Civil War Trails Markers in the Inn's Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
5. Three Maryland Civil War Trails Markers in the Inn's Parking Lot
Old South Moutain Inn image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
6. Old South Moutain Inn
Markers are located in parking lot next to Old South Mountain Inn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,826 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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