Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1862 Antietam Campaign
Lee Invades Maryland
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 Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. At the Battlefield Overlook parking area, across the street from the National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 (here, next to this marker); Companies G. I. and K., 4th U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones' Battalion, Reserve Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reserve Artillery (about 400 feet away); Squires’ Battery, 1st Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans (about 500 feet away); Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade (about 600 feet away); 4th New York Volunteer Infantry (about 600 feet away); Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. This is an example of the standard marker used for Civil War Trails - Antietam Campaign sites, and is duplicated in several locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The marker features portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan. Newspaper drawing
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler's Guide to the Antietam Campiagn Tour. (Submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,276 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.