Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
D.H. Hill's Division
(September 17, 1862)
Early on the 17th, Ripley fired the Mumma Buildings and passed them in the direction of the south part of the East Woods, then, moving by the left flank, crossed the Smoketown Road and engaged Union troops in Miller's Cornfield. Colquitt followed Ripley and formed on his right. Garland's Brigade moving from the field north of the present stone tower, followed Colquitt. After a severe contest, involving heavy losses, the three brigades were driven by Mansfield's Corps; Ripley retiring to the woods at the Dunkard Church, Colquitt and Garland in the direction of Sharpsburg. Rodes was about to join the three brigades north of the Smoketown Road, but upon the appearance of Colquitt and Garland in retreat, filed to the left and formed line in the Bloody Lane. Portions of the retreating Brigades rallying on his left. Geo. B. Anderson, moving from the Boonsboro Pike, passed up the ravine south of this and formed in the Lane on Rodes' right. In this position, the left on the Hagerstown Pike, the right near this point, the command was attacked by French's and Richardson's Divisions. Five brigades of R.H. Anderson's Division came to Hill's assistance, forming line in his rear, but after a bloody struggle of over two hours, both Hill and Anderson fell back to Piper's Lane and
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 385.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 28.128′ N, 77° 44.182′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Richardson Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. One of two markers located just past the Observation Tower, stop eight, on the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. 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. D.H. Hill's Division, Jackson's Command ( here, next to this marker); War Department Observation Tower ( within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Brigade ( within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Israel B. Richardson ( within shouting distance of this marker); Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery ( within shouting distance of this Army of Northern Virginia ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia ( about 300 feet away); September 17, 1862 (Continued) ( about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Regarding D.H. Hill's Division. This marker is included on the Sunken Road or Bloody Lane Virtual Tour by Markers see the Virtual tour link below to see the markers in sequence.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. D.H. Hill's Division. Hill discussed the losses incurred at Antietam at length in his official report. Out of 5,000 men in his division, nearly two-thirds were listed as killed, wounded, or missing from the actions involving the Antietam Campaign. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Sunken Road or Bloody Lane Virtual Tour by Markers. A collection of markers interpreting the action of during the Battle of Antietam around the Sunken Road. (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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