The Battle of South Mountain

The Battle of South Mountain (HMO4)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 24.346', W 77° 38.349'

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In September, 1862, after the second Battle of Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee led his victorious Confederates on their first invasion of the North.

At Frederick, Md. he boldly divided his army. Three columns (No. 1) were to surround and capture the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry and then reunite with Lee and Longstreet (No. 2) at Boonsboro and Hagerstown and continue north.

Gen. George McClellan's strong Union army (No. 3) was hot on Lee's heels, threatening to overrun his divided units. On September 14, Lee was forced to order all available troops around Boonsboro back to defend the passes over South Mountain. Greatly outnumbered, the Confederates desperately held off Union forces until the evening of the 14th, and then withdrew toward Sharpsburg.

On September 15th the Federals poured through the passes, but Lee had gained time to reunite his army.

On the 17th the armies clashed in the bloody Battle of Antietam. The story of the battle is told at Antietam National Battlefield Site, Sharpsburg, Maryland.
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HM NumberHMO4
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 1:16pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272766 N 4365130
Decimal Degrees39.40576667, -77.63915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.346', W 77° 38.349'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 20.76" N, 77° 38' 20.94" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6017-6147 Gapland Rd, Jefferson MD 21755, US
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