Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Kershaw's Brigade, McLaws’ Division
Kershaw's Brigade, McLaws' Division.
Brig. Gen. J.B. Kershaw, Commanding.
2d South Carolina Infantry, 7th South Carolina Infantry,
3d South Carolina Infantry, 8th South Carolina Infantry.
September 17, 1862.
Kershaw's Brigade crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford about daybreak of the 17th and halted in the western suburbs of Sharpsburg until nearly 9 a.m., when it crossed the fields and took position in the open ground southwest of the Dunkard Church from which, supported by Walker's Division and Early's Brigade, it moved to the attack of the 34th New York Infantry of Sedgwick's Division, Second Corps, and the 125th Pennsylvania of the Twelfth Corps, just west of the church, causing them to retire. Efforts to drive Greene's Division and the Federal artillery from the ridge east of the Hagerstown Pike were repulsed and the brigade fell back beyond the western limits of the West Woods.
Later in the day it moved to the northern part of the West Woods, where it remained until the night of the 18th when it was withdrawn and recrossed the Potomac.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 361.)
Marker series. This marker is included in Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 28.509′ N, 77° 44.892′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. 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. 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 125th Penna (a few steps from this marker); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Purnell Legion Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 34th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing). 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. Follow Kershaw's Brigade by tablets.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Kershaw's Brigade (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 680 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.