Packhorse Ford

Packhorse Ford (HM495)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 25.887', W 77° 46.889'

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A day after the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee retreated to the safety of the West Virginia (then Virginia) bluffs across the river from here. This was the only good crossing on the river for many miles upstream or downstream. Some of Lee's artillery units were already in place on the bluffs. Pursued by 700 soldiers from the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry, the Confederates reacted by opening fire. This was the Pennsylvania boys' first taste of battle; they soon discovered their new Enfield rifles were defective and useless. Pushed to the bluff's edge, some fell to their death, while others were killed or wounded trying to escape back across the river.

Only 431 Pennsylvania soldiers returned to the safety and cover of Maryland soil. Lee's troops then withdrew, ending the Maryland Campaign.
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HM NumberHM495
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
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Placed ByChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Dept of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:51pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 260597 N 4368349
Decimal Degrees39.43145000, -77.78148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.887', W 77° 46.889'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 53.22" N, 77° 46' 53.34" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16524-17146 Canal Rd, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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