1862 Antietam Campaign

1862 Antietam Campaign (HM26)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun County
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N 39° 6.884', W 77° 33.979'

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Lee Invades Maryland

Fresh from the victory at the Second Battle of ManassasGeneral Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River on September 1-6, 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'sforce to capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry.After the Federals pushed the remaining Confederatesout of the South Mountain gaps, Lee awaited Jack return near Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek.

On September 17, at the Battle of Antietam,the two armies clashed in the bloodiest single day inAmerican 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 andMcClellan along Maryland Civil War Trail's AntietamCampaign: Lee Invades Maryland, a 90 mile tourroute 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.
HM NumberHM26
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 3:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278122 N 4332644
Decimal Degrees39.11473333, -77.56631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.884', W 77° 33.979'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 53.04" N, 77° 33' 58.74" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6-98 Loudoun St SW, Leesburg VA 20175, US
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