Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Sealed With Their Lives”
Twelve hundred New Jersey soldiers surrounded the 248 men of Cobb’s Legion. If Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson Lamar, the Legion’s commander, retreated, he might start a stampede of the entire Confederate line; but, if he stayed where he was, he might buy time for the rest of the Confederates to retreat. He chose to stay. Shortly after, a bullet smashed into his leg, toppling him to the ground. Eventually, Captain William
Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb
16th Ga., 24th Ga., Cobb’s Legion, 15th N.C.
Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes
Col. Thomas T. Munford
2nd Va. Cav., 12th Va. Cav., Chew’s Battery
Col. William A. Parham
6th Va., 12th Va., 16th Va., Portsmouth Light Arty.
United States of America
Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, VI Corps
Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum
1st N.J., 2nd N.J., 3rd N.J., 4th N.J.
27th N.Y. 16th N.Y., 5th Me., 96th Pa.
Brig. Gen. Newton
18th N.Y., 31st N.Y., 32nd N.Y., 95th Pa.
Maj. Gen. William F. (Baldy) Smith
Brig. Gen. Brooks
2nd Vt., 3rd Vt. (nc), 4th Vt., 5th Vt. (nc), 6th Vt (nc)
Donated to the citizens of the United States in honor of our ancestor, Private James Anderson Coker, 24th Georgia Volunteers, by Keith C. O'Neil & family.
Location. 39° 24.087′ N, 77° 38.27′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Gapland Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. Burkittsville: Henry Burkitt’s Town (here, next to this marker); Chew’s Ashby Artillery (here, next to this marker); Gath's Empty Tomb (approx. ¼ mile away); Mausoleum (approx. ¼ mile away); Brownsville Pass: Semmes’ Gamble (approx. ¼ mile away); GATH: The Man and His Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Troup Light Artillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. Flanking the text are portraits of General Cobb and Colonel Lamar. A map depicts unit movements described in the text. A newspaper drawing carries the caption “This engraving appeared in Harper’s Weekly on October 15, 1862. It probably depicts the defense of Cobb’s Legion against Torbert’s New Jersey Brigade.”
Also see . . . Cobb’s Brigade Marker. (Submitted on August 13, 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 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,560 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.