Near Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Col. James Barnes, 18th Massachusetts Infantry, Commanding
Organization 2d Maine, 18th and 22d Massachusetts, 1st Michigan, 13th and
25th New York, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry,
2d Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters
(September 20, 1862)
Barnesí Brigade of Morellís Division, Fifth Corps, crossed the Potomac at the Ford 420 yards south of this at 9 A. M., September 20, under orders to march on the River Road to Shepherdstown. When it became known that A. P. Hillís Confederate Division was in front and advancing, Gen. Sykes ordered the Brigade to suspend its movement on Shepherdstown and take position on the right of Lovellís Brigade, which was on the bluffs south of this point. The greater part of the Brigade pushed part way up the slope of the bluffs a few yards west of this, with skirmishers thrown well to the front; the 118th Pennsylvania advanced up the bluff north of this point to extend the Brigade line to the right. The formation of the line had not been completed when the Brigade was ordered to be withdrawn. That portion of the Brigade in front and to the left of this was withdrawn, under fire, and recrossed the river in good order and with slight loss, but the 118th Pennsylvania was attacked by A. P. Hillís Division and suffered severely in killed, wounded
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 25.668′ N, 77° 46.728′ W. Marker is near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (County Route 17/1) and Trough Road (County Route 31/1), on the left when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Site location is an estimate based on references. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 1 (here, next to this marker); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 (here, next to this marker); Pack Horse Ford (here, next to this marker); Packhorse Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); In Honor of James Rumsey (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland); Blackfordís Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Swearingenís Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
Also see . . . Virtual Antietam. Text for this marker was determined from the Monument Database on the Virtual Antietam web site. (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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