Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
was organized Sept. 1861
By Col. afterwards,
Maj. Gen. John F. Hartranft
its leader in many battles and in
Mustered out July 1865
Engaged in 20 battles or minor
combats and numerous skirmishes
Total death roll 214
Private Charles Keyser, Co. A.
5th Sergt. Richard J. Williams, Co B.
8th Corp. George W. Bird, Co B.
Private David S. Hutman Co B.
Private Henry C. Unicore, Co B.
by the survivors of the
51st Regt. Pa. Vol.
To commemorate their
comrades who fell in
taming this bridge in the
battle between the Federal
and Confederate forces
Sept. 17, 1862.
Lieut. Col Thomas S. Bell
Private James Coulston, Co. A.
Private William Somerlot, Co. A.
1st Lieut. Davis Hunsicker, Co C.
Private David McKane, Co. C.
Private Simon P. Emerly, Co. C.
Private John Hallowell, Co. C.
Private George Mayberry, Co. D.
Private William Comer, Co. F.
Private Henry S. Lentz, Co. F.
Private Henry Shultz, Co. F.
Private James Downling, Co. G.
Private Miles Dillen, Co. G.
Private Wallis Wiggins, Co G.
1st Lieut. Jacob C. Beaver, Co. _
1st Sergt. Matthew Vandine, Co. _
Private Isaac Beck, Co. _
Private Edward Bear, Co. I.
Private Levi Marks, Co. I.
Private Isaac Wites, Co. I.
Private Thomas P. Davis, Co. _
Sergt. Albert Snyle, Co. _
and 84 others wounded.
Location. 39° 27.039′ N, 77° 43.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Old Burnside Bridge Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located to the east of stop 9 (Burnside Bridge) of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, along the walking trail east of the bridge. 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. 2nd Maryland Infantry (a few steps from this marker); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (a few steps from this marker); Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 35th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps Bridge of Destiny (a few steps from this marker); Fifty-First New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Two 51st Pennsylvania Monuments.
Also see . . .
1. 51st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps. General Burnside named the 51st Pennsylvania by name when ordering the final charge on the bridge. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. John Frederick Hartranft. A monument to the General stands in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. John F. Hartranft. John Frederick Hartranft (December 16, 1830 – October 17, 1889) was the 17th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1873 to 1879 and a Union Major General who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,043 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2012, by Harry Dillon of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 9. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.