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Near Myersville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1862 Antietam Campaign

Lee Invades Maryland

 
 
1862 Antietam Campaign - Lee Invades Maryland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 2, 2008
1. 1862 Antietam Campaign - Lee Invades Maryland 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 Trail’s 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 travel 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.
 
Location.
National Road, Gettysburg, and Antietam markers image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
2. National Road, Gettysburg, and Antietam markers
39° 31.614′ N, 77° 36.252′ W. Marker is near Myersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Interstate 70. Touch for map. The marker is located at the I-70 east rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Myersville MD 21773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The National Road (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); The Bill Pate Portal (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The National Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Churches of Western Maryland (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myersville.
 
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 used to orient travelers to the Antietam Campaign.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler - Antietam Campaign. Details of the Antietam Campaign Tour marked by the Civil War Trails Markers. (Submitted on May 26, 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 March 2, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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