Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
20th New York Volunteer Infantry
3d Brig. 2d Div.
errichtet von den
Ueberlebenden des Regts
Survivors of the Regt.
Erected 1887 by Survivors of the 20th New York Infantry.
Location. 39° 27.571′ N, 77° 44.477′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the Antietam National Cemetery, stop eleven on the driving tour of the 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. Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th New York Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Soldier’s Monument Squires’ Battery, 1st Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans (within shouting distance of this marker); Company F, 1st United States Sharpshooters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (about 300 feet away); Reserve Artillery (about 300 feet away). 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. Monuments to the 20th New York
Also see . . .
1. 20th New York Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on April 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 20th New York Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps. The regiment was originally commanded by Col. (later General) Max Weber, who led the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Division, II Corps at Antietam. The 20th New York was commanded by the Swedish born Col. Ernst Mattias Peter von Vegesack at Antietam. (Submitted on April 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The Count and the Gymnasts. Part of the New York Time's Disunion series, C. Kay Larson's article (09/25/2012) tells the story of how a Swedish count came to lead the 20th New York, which was composed mainly of Germans living in the area around New York City. The post-script on Vegesack's military career: ...Following Gettysburg, Vegesack failed to gain promotion to brigadier general. Thus, he resigned his commission to resume his old command in Sweden, where he was eventually promoted to major general. In August 1893, though long since returned to Sweden, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his “distinguished gallantry and meritorious service,” in covering Maj. Gen. Fitz-John Porter’s retreat at the 1862 Battle of Gaines Mills in Virginia. (Submitted on September 27, 2012.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 862 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2012. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on December 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on November 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.