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

“Every Stalk of Corn”

 
 
"Every Stalk of Corn" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. "Every Stalk of Corn" Marker
Inscription. Americans fought back and forth across the Cornfield for three hours. Those three hours may encompass the most concentrated fury in American history. The Union First Corps and Twelfth Corps were fought out. On the Confederate side, Jackson's corps and Hood's Division were wrecked.

The battle moved on. Union General Hooker described what was left:
"Every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife, and the slain lay in rows precisely as they had stood in their ranks a few moments before. It was never my fortune to witness a more bloody, dismal battle-field."
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 28.856′ N, 77° 44.854′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was at the intersection of Cornfield Avenue and Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling west on Cornfield Avenue. Touch for map. Located at stop four of the driving tour of the Antietam Battlefield. Marker was 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 location. A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (here, next to this marker); Johnny Cook
Tour Stop Four image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
2. Tour Stop Four
The small plaque on the left indicates the viewing stand was built in 1967 by the Harpers Ferry Job Corps Conservation Center.
(here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (here, next to this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. The lower left is a drawing of a "Union Charge through the Cornfield" by Walton Tabor, Civil War combat artist. One the lower right is a photograph by Alexander Gardner, showing some of the dead laying beside the fence rows along the Hagerstown Pike.
 
Regarding "Every Stalk of Corn". This marker was replaced by another named A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (See nearby markers).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
The Cornfield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
3. The Cornfield
Looking north from the viewing stand into the Cornfield.
Virtual Tour by Markers of Cornfield Avenue
 
Also see . . .  Antietam Batlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 28, 2008, 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 February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,395 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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