Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command
Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command.
Brig. Gen. John G. Walker, Commanding.
September 16-17, 1862.
Walker's Division left Harper's Ferry on the evening of September 15, crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford, and reached Sharpsburg during the afternoon of the 16th. It was held in reserve until daybreak of the 17th, when it took position on the extreme right, 1-½ miles south of the town, on the high ground overlooking Snavely's Ford. Between 8 and 9 a.m. it moved to the left under orders to support Jackson's Command. Arriving opposite the southwest edge of the West Woods, it supported McLaws in his attack on Sedgwick's Division and advanced nearly to the Hagerstown Pike where it was checked by the heavy fire of the Federal artillery.
It repulsed an attempt of a portion of Gordon's Brigade to cross the Hagerstown Pike, north of the Dunkard Church, and assisted in repelling Greene's Division, Twelfth corps, from the woods beyond the church. The right of the division crossed the Hagerstown Pike, in the vicinity of the church, but was compelled to retire to the woods and open ground to the south where it remained until it recrossed the Potomac on the night of the 18th.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 360.)
Marker series. Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 28.509′ N, 77° 44.882′ 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. Purnell Legion Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); 125th Penna (a few steps from this marker); 34th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away); Destroy the Rebel Army (about 400 feet 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. Walker's Division at Antietam.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command. In his official report, Walker described the fighting (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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