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

D.R. Jones’ Division, Longstreet's Command

 
 
D.R. Jones Tablet for actions on September 17 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. D.R. Jones Tablet for actions on September 17
Inscription.
C.S.A.
D.R. Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command,

Brig. Gen. David R. Jones, Commanding.
September 17, 1862.

The division formed at daylight on the plateau commanding the approaches to the Burnside Bridge.

At about noon the enemy made several attempts to carry the bridge, but was repulsed. An assault made at 1 p.m. was successful, the bridge was carried, and the advanced troops withdrew to a position on the plateau nearer the town. Between 2 and 3 p.m. the enemy gained the plateau and advanced upon the town, but was checked by the troops of this division which was re-enforced at about 3 p.m. by A.P. Hill's Division of Jackson's Command.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 321.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.592′ N, 77° 44.559′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in a tablet cluster near the service entrance to the National Cemetery, stop eleven of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Tablets for D.R. Jones' Division image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Tablets for D.R. Jones' Division
Three tablets in this cluster detail the operations of D.R. Jones' Confederates. On the left is a tablet for Anderson's Brigade (number 328). In the center is D.R. Jones' Division tablet for September 17 (number 321). On the right is another tablet for the division, covering operations for September 15-16 (number 322).
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named D.R. Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command (here, next to this marker); Longstreet's Command (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Evans' Brigade, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. D.R. Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command. Of the odds he faced in battle, Jones wrote, When it is known that on that morning my entire command of six brigades comprised only 2,430 men, the enormous disparity of force with which I contended can be seen. (Submitted on April 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jones' Division Right Flank image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Jones' Division Right Flank
On the morning of the battle, Jenkin's, Drayton's, and Kemper's Brigades of Jones' Division occupied the high ground just south of Sharpsburg. This view is from that high ground, near the present day Hawkins' Zouaves monument. From this position, the brigades could support Toombs' Brigade positioned forward near Burnside Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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