Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ninth Army Corps
Ferrero's Brigade, Sturgis’ Division
Ninth Army Corps
Ferrero's Brigade, Sturgis' Division.
Brigadier General Edward Ferrero, Commanding.
51st New York Infantry,
51st Pennsylvania Infantry.
21st and 35th Massachusetts Infantry.
September 17, 1862.
On the morning of the 17th, Ferrero's Brigade was in position about a half mile northeast of this point on the Rohrback Farm. About 9 a.m., it moved to the left and, after several changes of position, was ordered to carry the bridge. The 51st Pennsylvania and the 51st New York were formed under cover of the hill overlooking this point; skirmishers were thrown forward to the stone fence above the bridge and behind the fences and trees along the stream below it; and, under cover of the fire from the Federal artillery, the two regiments charged down the hill, carried the bridge and formed, under cover of the bluff, in the road beyond it. The 35th Massachusetts, closely supported by the 21st Massachusetts, followed and ascended the bluff on the right where, later in the day, it was joined by the remainder of the brigade and led the advance to the Otto farm lane, where it became severely engaged and lost heavily in killed and wounded.
Late at night the brigade was relieved by Welsh's Brigade of Willcox's Division and fell back to the banks of the Antietam.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 68.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 27.032′ N, 77° 43.876′ 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, in a tablet cluster 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. Sturgis's Division, Ninth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Fifty-First New York Infantry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Maryland Infantry We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps. Before the war, Ferrero was a dance teacher, who served part time in the New York militia. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Edward Ferrero. Edward Ferrero (January 18, 1831 – December 11, 1899) was one of the leading dance instructors, choreographers, and ballroom operators in the United States. He also served as a Union Army general in the American Civil War, most remembered for his dishonorable conduct in the Battle of the Crater (July 1864), reported drinking with another general behind the lines, while both their units were virtually destroyed. (Submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 3. submitted on April 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 5. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on April 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.