Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mell Riﬂes & Troup Light Artillery
Sgt. Benjamin Mell, son of Patrick, was seriously wounded. Thomas S. Lee, a local Southern sympathizer, nursed Mell at his home, “Needwood Forest,” near Petersville. Mell died there on Oct. 21, 1862, and was buried in St. Mark’s Episcopal Churchyard, Petersville, his grave marked by a handsome monument.
The Troup Light Artillery was organized in Athens in 1859 and was placed under command of Professor Marcellus Stanley. Stanley later became ill and turned over command to Dr. Henry Carlton, an Athens physician. In his report on the Battle of Crampton’s Gap, Gen. Howell Cobb praised the unit for coolness under fire in checking the advance of the enemy.
(Back Side): This marker is erected to honor the memory of Athenians
Cobb’s Legion, Cobb’s Brigade
John J.N. Kenney
Mell Rifles or Camak's Company
Co. D, Cobb’s Legion Infantry, Cobb’s Brigade
J. Martin V.B. Cody, Asa G. Haguewood, John McHannon
Cody Fowler, George T. Highland, Jr., Benjamin Mell
William Glover, John F. Kenney, Burwell E. Yerby
Also killed were Col. John Basil Lamar, General Howell Cobb’s aide and brother-in-law, and Lt. Col. Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar, Commander of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb’s Georgia Legion Infantry, who had close ties to Athens.
Erected 1992 by Athens (GA) Historical Society.
Location. 39° 24.33′ N, 77° 38.392′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Road and Arnoldstown Road, on the left when traveling west on Gapland Road. Touch for map. 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. Maryland Campaign of 1862 / The Lost Orders Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); Troup Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartlett Leads the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. Located within feet of the Appalachian Trail, inside Gathland State Park.
Also see . . . A Roster of Members of Mell Rifles, Co D, Cobb Legion Infantry. (Submitted on August 11, 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 August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,077 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.