1862 Antietam Campaign

1862 Antietam Campaign (HMBF)

Location: Boonsboro, MD 21713 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 29.067', W 77° 37.198'

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Lee Invades Maryland

Fresh from victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4-6, 1862, to bring the Civil War to Northern soil and to recruit sympathetic Marylanders. Union Gen. George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac pursued Lee, who had detached Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's force to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederates out of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jackson's return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the battle of Antietam, the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day in American history and suffered some 23,000 casualties. Lee soon retreated across the Potomac, ending his first invasion of the north.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and McClellan along Maryland Civil War Trail's Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tour route that allows you to explore the stories of triumph and tragedy at more than 60 Civil War sites. Please travel carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along the trail.
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HM NumberHMBF
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 2:22pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 274672 N 4373815
Decimal Degrees39.48445000, -77.61996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.067', W 77° 37.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 4.02" N, 77° 37' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6132 Old National Pike, Boonsboro MD 21713, US
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