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

Sixth Army Corps

 
 
Crampton's Gap War Department Tablet C.P. 4 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
1. Crampton's Gap War Department Tablet C.P. 4 Marker
Inscription.
U. S. A.
Sixth Army Corps.
Major Gen. W. B. Franklin, Commanding

(September 14, 1862)

The Sixth Corps consisted of two Divisions commanded by Major Generals H. W. Slocum and W. F. Smith. On the march of the Army of the Potomac through Maryland, this Corps with Couch’s Division, Fourth Corps, temporarily attached, formed the left of the advancing line. It moved through Tennallytown, Darnestown, Poolesville and Barnesville, reaching Buckeystown, west of the Monocacy, 12 miles southwest of this, on the evening of September 13. Under orders to force Crampton’s Pass and seize Rohrersville in order to cut off McLaws from the main body of the Army of Northern Virginia and to relieve Harpers Ferry, the Corps moved early on the morning of the 14th, passed through Jefferson and reached the outskirts of Burkittsville at noon. At 3 p.m., Slocum and Smith advanced, drove Munford’s Cavalry and Mahone’s Infantry from the foot of the mountain and through this Pass and overthrew Cobb’s Brigade in the vicinity, taking many prisoners. The Infantry Brigades retreated to Brownsville and the Cavalry to Rohrersville. Semmes’ Brigade abandoned Brownsville Pass and joined Cobb and Mahone. The Corps advanced into Pleasant Valley on the evening of the 14th where it remained until the morning of the 17th when it marched for the
Four War Department Markers at the Arch image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 21, 2007
2. Four War Department Markers at the Arch
field of Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number C.P. 4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.346′ N, 77° 38.354′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldstown Road, on the right when traveling west on Gapland Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the foot of the War Correspondence Memorial Arch. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 1 (here, next to this marker); Crampton’s Pass Tablet C.P. 3 (here, next to this marker); Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command (here, next to this marker); War Correspondents (here, next to this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (here, next to this marker); The Battle of South Mountain (here, next to this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (a few steps from this marker); Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
 
More about this marker. One of nine markers reported
Sixth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 24, 2009
3. Sixth Army Corps Marker
by the Antietam Battlefield Board as erected at Crampton’s Pass in the report dated 1898. Four are at the War Correspondence Memorial Arch, the remainder were placed between the Pass and Burkittsville to the east.(Source: George R. Large and Joe A. Swisher, “Battle of Antietam: The Official History by the Antietam Battlefield Board”)
 
Also see . . .
1. General Franklin’s Account of the Battle. (Submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. General W. F. Smiths report. (Submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. General Slocum’s Report of the Battle. (Submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sixth Army Corps Marker near the War Correspondents Memorial Arch image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2002
4. Sixth Army Corps Marker near the War Correspondents Memorial Arch
Federal Advance - Looking West from the Foot of South Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
5. Federal Advance - Looking West from the Foot of South Mountain
From the fields to the north and west of Burkittsville (vicinity of the present day Mountain Church Road), the Sixth Corps began their assault on the gap.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on August 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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