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

Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 1

 
 
War Department Marker T. P. 1 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
1. War Department Marker T. P. 1
Inscription. Between September 4th and 7th, 1862, the Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, commanding, crossed the Potomac near Leesburg and occupied Frederick, Maryland. On the 10th a movement was made to surround and capture the Union forces at Harper's Ferry. Early that morning Major-General T. J. Jackson, with Jackson's (Stonewall) Division and the divisions of R.S. Ewell and A.P Hill, left Frederick, marched over South Mountain at this Pass, crossed the Potomac near Williamsport on the 11th, seized Martinsburg on the 12th and marching by way of Charlestown, invested Harper's Ferry from the Virginia side of the Potomac on the 13th. J.G. Walker's Division, then near Monocacy Aqueduct, recrossed the Potomac at Point of Rocks on the night of the 10th, and occupied Loudon Heights on the 13th. Major-General Lafayette McLaws with his own division and R.H. Anderson's both of Longstreet's command, moved from Frederick on the 10th, via Middletown; crossed South Mountain at Brownsville Pass, seven miles south of this, on the 11th; Two brigades moved unto Maryland Heights and six down Pleasant Valley on the 12th, and invested Harper's Ferry from the Maryland side. Generals Lee and Longstreet, with the divisions of D.R. Jones and J.B. Hood, the brigade of N.G. Evans and the Reserve Artillery, marched on this road to Hagerstown. D.H. Hill's Division
The Six War Department Markers at the Pull Off image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
2. The Six War Department Markers at the Pull Off
halted at Boonsboro to prevent the escape of the garrison at Harper's Ferry through Pleasant Valley and to support Stuart's Cavalry, which remained east of South Mountain to observe the movements of the Union Army and retard its advance.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number T.P. 1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.082′ N, 77° 37.176′ 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 west on Old National Road. Touch for map. Located at a pull off from the Washington Monument Road, along side the Old National Road. Across the highway from 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. Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 2 (here, next to this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 3 (here, next to this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 4
Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
3. Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 1 Marker
(here, next to this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 5 (here, next to this marker); Turner's Pass Tablet T. P. 6 (here, next to this marker); South Mountain Summit (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at South Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 19th Century Backpacker (within shouting distance of this marker); John Collins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
 
More about this marker. The title of this tablet is based on references in Battle of Antietam: The Official History by the Antietam Battlefield Board by George R. Large and Joe A. Swisher. None of the markers at Turner's Pass (or Gap) have a header or title.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Short Discussion of the Battle of South Mountain. Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The site is part of the South Mountain State Park. (Submitted on July 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Discussion of War Department Tablets and Markers. Specific to the Antietam battlefield, but explains the research, politics, and methods involved. (Submitted on July 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Campaign Maps. From Antietam on the Web. These campaign maps, starting with the link provided, follow the movements of the armies from September 7th, 1862 onward to the battle of South Mountain. (Submitted on July 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,518 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. 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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