Maryland's First Civil War Battle
— Antietam Campaign 1862 —(Preface): After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's smashing victory over Union Gen. John Pope at the Second Battle of Manassas, Lee decided to invade the North to reap the fall harvest, gain Confederate recruits, earn foreign recognition, and perhaps compel the Union to sue for peace. The Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 4, 1862. Lee divided his force, detaching Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's command to capture Harpers Ferry. At Antietam Creek on September 17, Gen. George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac fought Lee's men to a bloody draw. Lee retreated to Virginia September 18-19.
|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 6:45pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 269987 N 4361127|
|Decimal Degrees||39.36900000, -77.67001667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 22.14', W 77° 40.201'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 22' 8.40" N, 77° 40' 12.06" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1913 Rohrersville Rd, Knoxville MD 21758, US|
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