“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dickerson in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
Inscription. Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4–6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s force to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jackson’s return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American History and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the North.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along Maryland Civil War Trails’ Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
1862 Antietam Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 3, 2007
2. 1862 Antietam Campaign Marker
39° 14.606′ N, 77° 26.344′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Dickerson Road (State Highway 28), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the east side of the Monocacy River bridge in a river access parking lot. The marker's location is in Frederick County, although the closest town is Dickerson in Montgomery County. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. 1½ miles away); Monocacy Aqueduct (approx. 1.6 miles away); Springing Over the Monocacy (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Dutchman’s (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sugar Loaf Mountain (approx. 2½ miles away); Sugarloaf Mountain (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
More about this marker. The marker displays pictures of Gens. Lee and McClellan, newspaper drawing of Confederates crossing the Potomac, a drawing of Franklin’s Corps at Compton’s Gap, and a strategic map showing the trail stops.
Regarding 1862 Antietam Campaign. This marker is one of the standard set
Monocacy River Ford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
3. Monocacy River Ford
The ford here was used by Confederate forces moving toward Frederick after crossing the Potomac at White's Ford.
used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Antietam Campaign: Markers covering the first phases of the 1862 Campaign
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,403 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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