Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Troup Light Artillery
Towards evening, as Jennings settled into his bivouac, orders arrived instructing them to “make all speed” for Crampton’s Gap. Arriving in the gap just as the Federals were coming up, Jennings deployed his guns in the intersection to the front of you. The “Jennie” aimed down the road to your left while the “Sallie Craig” covered the road on your right. Both guns blasted the approaching Federals with canister, getting off five rounds into the faces of the Federals
The Courage of Jennings’ crew and the skill with which they handled their guns was not lost on Colonel Joseph Bartlett:
“Here I cannot help giving my testimony to the skill and great bravery with which a section of the enemy’s artillery was retired down the road.... Their infantry had ceased firing and was nowhere in sight, but as I emerged from the woods I saw the flash of a cannon, which was within 50 yards of me and trained toward us, the cannister bursting in our very faces. It was limbered to the rear in an instance, and at 20 paces had passed the other gun of the section, which delivered its fire, limbered up, and went scurrying down the road before any but a scattering fire could be brought against it. The last gun was, however, slightly disabled, and abandoned a little further down the mountain.”
Order of Battle
Confederate States of America
Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb
16th Ga., 24th Ga., Cobb’s Legion, 15th N.C., Troup Light Art.
United States of America
Col. Joseph J. Bartlett (Composite Command)
32nd N.Y., 16th N.Y., 18th N.Y., 96th
Col. Alfred T.A. Torbet
1st N.J., 2nd N.J., 3rd N.J., 4th N.J.
Presented to the people of the United States by Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Beattie of Charlottsville, Virginia.
Erected by Blue & Gray Educational Society / State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Location. 39° 24.312′ N, 77° 38.364′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Gapland Raod and Arnoldstown Road, on the left when traveling west on Gapland Raod. Touch for map. Across the road from the War Correspondent’s Memorial Arch, in Gathland State Park. 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. Burial: A Most Disagreeable Task (here, next to this marker); Bartlett Leads the Way (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (here, next to this marker); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (here, next to this marker); The Stage is Set (here, next to this marker); Journalists Who Gave Their Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); GATH: The Man and His Mountain Gath's Empty Tomb (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of Major General Lafayette McLaws. A picture of modern day reenactors firing a cannon, carries the caption, “Jennings’ Georgia men, firing guns similar to this one, stopped the charging Federals cold, if only for a moment, before being flanked and pushed off the mountain by Torbert’s New Jersey Brigade.” A map lays out the tactical disposition of the units described in the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Lt Henry S. Jennings, Jr. A short biographical sketch. (Submitted on August 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Bartlett’s Official Report. Written shortly after the Battle of Antietam, Bartlett’s official report is a bit more subdued than the quote on the marker, from later writings. (Submitted on August 21, 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 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,368 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on August 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.