Lee Invades MarylandFresh 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 waited near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek for Jackson's return. 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 the Civil War Trails 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.
|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||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:36am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 255460 N 4385782|
|Decimal Degrees||39.58690000, -77.84750000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 35.214', W 77° 50.85'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 35' 12.84" N, 77° 50' 51.00" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 25371 Interstate 81, Falling Waters WV 25419, US|
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