"Not a moment too soon"
— Antietam Campaign 1862 —About two o'clock in the afternoon of September 17, 1862, Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill's 3,000-man division began crossing the Potomac River at Boteler's Ford about two miles northwest of here, en route to the battle raging at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Two days earlier, Stonewall Jackson had captured Harpers Ferry. When Jackson's command was ordered to rejoin Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in Maryland, Hill's division remained behind to parole Federal prisoners and secure supplies and equipment. Hill was summoned, too, and got his division on the march within an hour. He took five brigades, leaving one to finish removing the captured equipment.
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|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 11:12pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 261960 N 4364375|
|Decimal Degrees||39.39606667, -77.76425000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 23.764', W 77° 45.855'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 23' 45.84" N, 77° 45' 51.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6174 Bakerton Rd, Shepherdstown WV 25443, US|
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