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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Converging Storm of Iron

 
 
A Converging Storm of Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
1. A Converging Storm of Iron Marker
Inscription. Confederate Col. Stephen D. Lee placed his battalion of nineteen cannons here. Throughout the morning, Union infantry and artillery aimed their attacks towards this high ground and the Dunker Church. Twenty-five percent of his men were killed or wounded and sixty of his horses were killed.

Later, when he remembered that terrible morning Lee wrote, "A converging storm of iron slammed into the batteries from front and flank. Wheels were smashed, men knocked down, horses sent screaming, to stay in the field was to sacrifice units needlessly."
 
Erected 2009 by Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 28.488′ N, 77° 44.729′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at an artillery display just to the north of the Antietam National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. 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. A Savage Continual Thunder (here, next to this marker); Model 1841 6-Pounder Gun (here, next to this marker);
A Converging Storm of Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
2. A Converging Storm of Iron Marker
The marker is seen here in front of the Dunker Church and the Confederate Battery of Col. Stephen D. Lee.
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer (here, next to this marker); Lee’s Artillery Battalion (here, next to this marker); 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle (a few steps from this marker); 10-Pounder Parrott Rifle (a few steps from this marker); Battlefield Namesake (within shouting distance of this marker); Twentieth Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. The background is Gardner's famous photograph of the wrecked battery in front of the Dunker Church.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Stephen D. Lee. Stephen Dill Lee (September 22, 1833 – May 28, 1908) was an American soldier, and the youngest Confederate lieutenant general of the American Civil War (but no relation to Robert E. Lee). (Submitted on September 21, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Old Marker at this Location.
A Converging Storm of Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
3. A Converging Storm of Iron Marker
This marker replaced a previous one titled "I Hate Cannons." (Submitted on September 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
A Converging Storm of Iron Marker<br>Dunker Church in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. A Converging Storm of Iron Marker
Dunker Church in Background
New Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 19, 2009
5. New Location
The waysides were moved to a new location in September 2009. The old location was at the far end of the row of cannon. See old photo below.
Old Location of the Waysides image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
6. Old Location of the Waysides
In the background is the Dunker Church
Artillery Display image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
7. Artillery Display
The artillery display includes examples of common weapons used during the Civil War. The four in frame, from left to right, are a 3-inch Parrott Rifle Model 1863, a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle Model 1861, a 12-pounder Field Gun Model 1857 "Napoleon", and a 6-pounder Field Gun Model 1841.
The Gardner Photograph image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
8. The Gardner Photograph
One of the most recognized photographs from the war. The photo is often titled "Wrecked Battery at the Dunker Church." The dead are likely members of S.D. Lee's artillery battalion, which served guns on the ground to the east of the church during the battle.
Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee<br>(C.S.A.) (1833-1908) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, 1862
9. Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee
(C.S.A.) (1833-1908)
Commanded a battalion of nineteen cannon on the site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on September 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on July 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   8. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9. submitted on September 21, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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