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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Point Blank Range”

 
 
"Point Blank Range" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. "Point Blank Range" Marker
Inscription. Five hundred Georgia and a few South Carolina riflemen kept the entire Union Ninth Corps on the far side of Antietam Creek for three hours. A Union general described what Northern soldiers were up against:
"From the crest to bridge the slope was a cleared field, commanded at point blank range by the opposite banks. As the regiment charged across, it was subjected to a close, continued and deadly fire."

The Georgians' rifle pits can still be seen just below this spot.

By 1 p.m. Union soldiers had captured the bridge and were crossing at the downstream ford. Toombs, the Georgians' commanding officer, wrote:
"Not being able to get any re-enforcements for the defense of the fords, I deemed it my duty to withdraw my command."
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 26.997′ N, 77° 43.935′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County.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 along a foot trail to Burnside Bridge at stop nine 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 location. Repulsed Again and Again (here, next
"Point Blank Range" Marker overlooks the Burnside Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. "Point Blank Range" Marker overlooks the Burnside Bridge
to this marker); A Crucial Crossing, a Generalís Namesake, a Battlefield Icon (here, next to this marker); C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Burnside Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Witness to History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); We Showered the Lead Across that Creek (about 300 feet away); 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 300 feet away); William McKinley (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of the Georgia troops defending the bridge. A portrait of Brigadier General Robert Toombs, C.S.A. is in the upper right.
 
Regarding "Point Blank Range". This marker was replaced by another named Repulsed Again and Again (See nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
The Bridge from the Confederate Defender's Point of View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. The Bridge from the Confederate Defender's Point of View
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
4. Confederate Positions
Traces of the rifle pits exist on the slopes approaching the bridge.
Federal View of the Stone Quarry image. Click for full size.
By Dennis M. Sheron, February 19, 2008
5. Federal View of the Stone Quarry
Federal View of Rifle Pits image. Click for full size.
By Dennis M. Sheron, February 19, 2008
6. Federal View of Rifle Pits
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,468 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on April 28, 2008, by Dennis M. Sheron of Hudson, Indiana.
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