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

Humphreys’ Division, Fifth Army Corps

 
 
Humphreys' Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Humphreys' Division Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Humphreys' Division, Fifth Army Corps

Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys, Commanding.
(September 14-18, 1862.)

Humphreys' Division left Washington at daylight on September 14, and reached Frederick on the afternoon of September 15. During September 16 and 17 this division was stationed in front of Frederick, to protect that city. At 3:30 p.m. of September 17 it was ordered to march to the battlefield of Antietam and to reach there, if possible, at daylight. It marched at once and reached the field at 7 a.m. on September 18, 1862, relieving Morell's Division at this point.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.135′ N, 77° 42.974′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in a tablet cluster on the east side of Antietam Creek along the Boonsboro Pike. 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
Marker Cluster East of Antietam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. Marker Cluster East of Antietam Creek
Federal marker cluster on the east side of Antietam Creek, along Boonsboro Pike. From left to right are Richardson's Division (Number 34), Second Army Corps (Number 35), Morell's Division (Number 26), and Humphreys' Division (Number 19).
of this marker. Fifth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Corps, 2nd Division Position (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Pry Family Upheaval (approx. half a mile away); Second Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Middle Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Newcomer House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Heart of the Civil War (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 3rd Division, Fifth Army Corps. Often cited as one of the "unused divisions" which McClellan could have pushed into battle to secure a decisive victory, Humphreys' Division was actually still on the east side of South Mountain until very late in the day. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Markers Now Removed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Markers Now Removed
The markers were removed after damaged in an automobile accident which occurred over the winter of 2008.
Reserve Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
4. Reserve Position
Looking northwest from the Boonsboro Pike, near the marker cluster. The ridge in the background stands on the east side of Antietam Creek north of the Middle Bridge, and shielded units deployed here from Confederate observation and fire. Three different divisions cycled through this location. On the morning of the 17th, Richardson's Division of the II Corps occupied positions here. Later in the day Morell's Division took position here as the center reserve. On the 18th Humphreys' Division arrived here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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