Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps
Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps.
Brigadier General O.B. Willcox, Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)
Willcox's Division was the last to cross the Antietam. Passing over the stone bridge at 2 p.m., it moved up the road to this point and deployed. Christ's Brigade was filed across the hollow on the right (east) and formed on the low ground between the creek and the bluff, Welsh's Brigade on the heights west of the road, Christ scaled the bluff on the right, Welsh swept over the hills on the left. Crook's Brigade of the Kanawaha Division moved by the road in support, and under a heavy fire of artillery the line reached Sherrick's Lane on the right and the high ground beyond Otto's House on the left. A section of the 8th Battery, Massachusetts Artillery, went into position in Otto's Orchard. A severe engagement now took place, resulting in the expulsion of the Confederate artillery and infantry from Cemetery Hill and the adjacent heights overlooking Sharpsburg, and the division skirmishers entered the streets of the town. During the contest Crook's Brigade moved up and formed on the left of Welsh. The left of the corps line being turned by the attack of A.P. Hill, Willcox's Division, with its support, was withdrawn to this point where it remained until the 18th, when it was relieved by Morell's
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 99.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 27.196′ N, 77° 44.042′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old Burnside Bridge Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located just north of stop 9 (Burnside Bridge) of 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. Mission of Death (approx. 0.2 miles away); 21st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bridge of Destiny (approx. 0.2 miles away); 35th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd Maryland Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. ¼ mile 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. Wilcox's (1st) Division, IX Corps markers.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 1st Division, IX Corps. Orlando B. Willcox commanded this division right up to the end of the war. In his report on the battle of Antietam, he wrote, There is no officer or man among them who cannot feel proud of having been engaged in the battle of Sharpsburg, and I recommend that all the regiments of my division be allowed to inscribe "Sharpsburg" on their colors as well as "South Mountain." (Submitted on March 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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