Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1862 Antietam Campaign
Lee Invades Maryland
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.
Location. 39° 27.877′ N, 77° 43.644′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg Touch for map. Marker is located on the Antietam Battlefield, in front of the Newcomer House. 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. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Early's Washington Raid (here, next to this marker); The Newcomer House (a few steps from this marker); Heart of the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); 4th and 12th U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Indiana Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Middle Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a map showing the locations of Civil War Trails markers pertaining to the 1862 Antietam Campaign. Also present on the marker are portraits of the commanders of the opposing armies during the Battle of Antietam: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union Gen. George B. McClellan. Sketches on the marker depict “Franklin’s Corps storming Crampton’s Gap on South Mountain” and “The Confederate army cross[ing]
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 363 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.