Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“We May Never Meet Again”
"We may never meet again."
William E. Starke, C.S.A.
He led the counterattack that helped stop the first Union attack down the Hagerstown Pike. He was hit by three bullets and died within the hour.
George B. Anderson, C.S.A.
His brigade was posted in the Sunken Road - Bloody Lane. His ankle wound did not seem serious, but he died October 16 at age 31.
Isaac P. Rodman, U.S.A.
During the last Union attack, between Lower Bridge and Sharpsburg, Rodman saw the Confederate counterattack coming and galloped ahead to warn his leading regiments. He was killed by a bullet in the chest.
Joseph K.F. Mansfield, U.S.A.
At age 59, two days before the Battle of Antietam, he was finally given a combat command. He was wounded as he prepared to lead his corps out of the East Woods into the Cornfield. Carried to the rear, he died a short time later.
Israel B. Richardson, U.S.A.
Richardson was a division commander in the Union Second Corps attacking the Sunken Road. Trying to organize the attack that might well have won the battle, he was wounded by a shell burst. He died November 3.
Lawrence O'Brien Branch, C.S.A.
Branch was with the Confederates that Rodman tried to stop. He was shot and killed as his men pursued the Union troops toward Lower Bridge.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 28.697′ N, 77° 44.946′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker could be reached from Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop five of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, near the Philadelphia Brigade monument. 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. Philadelphia Brigade Park (here, Philadelphia Brigade Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;" (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General William E. Starke (within shouting distance of this marker); The Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd Delaware Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Battery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Generals Starke, Anderson, Rodman, Mansfield, Richardson, and Branch next to the text discussions for each. In the center is a map of the battlefield showing the locations of the mortuary monuments.
Regarding "We May Never Meet Again". This marker was replaced by another named Philadelphia Brigade Park (See nearby markers).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Locate the six Mortuary Monuments at Antietam.
Also see . . . Six General Killed at Antietam. National Park Service page detailing the six generals killed in the battle. (Submitted on April 9, 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 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,235 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.