Near Lappans Crossroads in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Council of War
Should We Attack?
Meade himself wrote his wife that he believed “we shall have another battle before Lee can cross the river. For my part, as I have to follow and fight him, I would rather do it at once and in Maryland than to follow into Virginia.” Concerned about a rash attack, however, General-in-Chief Henry W. Halleck cautioned Meade from Washington on July 10 to “postpone a general battle till you can concentrate all your forces and get up your reserves and reenforcements. ... Beware of partial combats.”
When Meade solicited his lieutenants’ advice two days later, five of his six corps commanders “unqualifiedly opposed” assaulting Lee’s entrenched position. A displeased Halleck admonished Meade: “It is proverbial that councils of war never fight. Act upon your own judgment and make your generals execute
“We had them in our grasp. We had only to stretch forth our hands and they were ours. And nothing I could say or do could make the Army move.” —Abraham Lincoln
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 32.31′ N, 77° 42.62′ W. Marker is near Lappans Crossroads, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Lappans Road (Maryland Route 68), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Devil’s Backbone County Park, just past the bridge over Antietam Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Booth’s Mill Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roxbury Mills Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Jones’ Crossroads (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jones’s Crossroads (approx. 1.8 miles away); Battle of Boonsboro (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.8 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 2.8 miles away).
More about this marker.
Also see . . .
1. A Lesson in Battle Tempo: The Union Pursuit After Gettysburg. An article from Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College. (Submitted on August 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Letter from Lincoln to Meade. Dated July 14. (Submitted on August 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,520 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 5. submitted on August 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.