A Toll Paid in Blood

A Toll Paid in Blood (HM1ZFF)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.572'

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The Battle of Antietam

In the Maryland Campaign of September 1862, the Hagerstown Turnpike, a privately built toll road, served as a valuable route for troop movements. The Turnpike possibly was a macadam road, constructed with layers of broken-down stones. The post-and-rail fence running alongside the Turnpike proved to be a frustrating battle obstacle.

On September 17, 1862 at Antietam, Confederate Brig. Gen. William Starke's Louisiana brigade fought on the west side of the Turnpike behind the fence. At one point, they battled against men of Wisconsin under Union Brig. Gen. John Gibbon who were behind the fence on the other side of the road. The soldiers learned rather cruelly that the fence provided little protection. Those who crossed the fence found that it was difficult and dangerous to climb in battle. In the end, the price of attempting to cross the Turnpike was high—the toll was paid in blood.
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316205 N 4452654
Decimal Degrees40.20416667, -77.15953333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.572'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 15" N, 77° 9' 34.32" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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