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

Jackson's Command

 
 
Confederate Tablets near the Dunker Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
1. Confederate Tablets near the Dunker Church
Two tablets for Jackson's Command stand across the street from the Dunker Church. Number 315 (center, on the left) details actions on September 17. Number 314 (missing, down for maintenance, but the post is to the right of 315) details movements on September 15-16 leading up to the battle. On the far right a sign indicates the south edge of the West Woods.
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Jackson's Command

Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, Commanding.
(September 15-16, 1862.)

Gen. Jackson, with Ewell's and Jackson's Divisions, left Harpers Ferry late in the afternoon of September 15th, reached Sharpsburg on the morning of the 16th, and, in the afternoon, took position on the left of Longstreet's Command; Jackson's Division formed on the right of the line, which extended from a point on the Hagerstown Pike 250 yards north of the Dunkard Church westerly through the open fields and the West Woods in the direction of Alfred Poffenberger's. Early's and Hays' Brigades of Ewell's Division were in the left rear of Jackson's Division and Lawton's and Trimble's Brigades in the woods west and northwest of the Dunkard Church. At about 10:00 p.m., Lawton's and Trimble's Brigades of Ewell's Division moved east of the pike to relieve Hood's Division of Longstreet's Command, near the south line of Miller's Cornfield and in the Mumma's field south of the Smoketown Road.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 314.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 
Jackson's Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Jackson's Line
Looking north on the modern Hagerstown Pike bypass from the end of the Smoketown Road extension. Jackson's command, specifically Jackson's Division, initially formed a line facing north extending from the Hagerstown Pike (now Dunker Church Road) over to the Alfred Poffenberger House, which stood to the west of the bypass (left side of photo). The line ran through the West Woods.
28.544′ N, 77° 44.81′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Dunker Church Road, on the right when traveling west on Smoketown Road. Touch for map. Marker was 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. A different marker also named Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); Destroy the Rebel Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Beacon of Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); 59th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Twelfth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Twelfth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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