Middletown in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Christ Reformed Church
Just Before the Battle
—Antietam Campaign 1862 —
Most of McClellan’s Army of the Potomac marched west on the National Road (present-day Alt. U.S. Rte 40) on September 14, en route to the gaps of South Mountain. The steeple of the Reformed church served as a Union observation station during the battle that followed.
“Waking stiff and sore to a beautiful Sunday morning [September 14], the first thought was breakfast. Some cattle were driven up and killed in the neighboring field, and we tried broiling dollops of steaming fresh beef upon our ramrods. Some of the men visited the houses in the town [Middletown] in search of eatables, but with little success. The irrepressible Walsh returned with a tea kettle and cabbage…and set to work boiling the vegetable. While this was passing, artillery fire commenced, and white puffs of smoke began to rise between us and the range of blue hills, called South Mountain…Two o’clock in the afternoon came, and with
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 26.533′ N, 77° 32.724′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on South Church Street (Maryland Route 17) 0 miles south of Washington Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. It is located in the parking lot of the Christ Reformed Church and Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown MD 21769, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Middletown (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8 West Main Street (about 600 feet away); The Coblentz-Long Building (about 600 feet away); Clovinger House (about 600 feet away); Main's Ice Cream Factory (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. In the upper left is a portrait of General McLaws. A map on the upper right indicates key points involved
Also see . . . General Lafayette McLaws. (Submitted on December 27, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,110 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on December 27, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. Photos: 1. submitted on December 27, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. 2. submitted on July 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 27, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.