The Battle for Fox's Gap

The Battle for Fox's Gap (HM2FY)

Location: Seaford, MD 19973 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 28.233', W 77° 37.045'

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"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —

As Confederate Gen. D.H. Hill's division struggled to hold the gaps of South Mountain on September 14, 1862, the fighting here at Fox's Gap raged throughout the day. About 9 a.m., Gen. Jesse L. Reno's corps attacked Confederate Gen. Samuel Garland's lines approximately ? of a mile south of here and began pushing the men north towards Fox's Gap. Sometime around midmorning, Garland fell mortally wounded and the Confederates scattered into the gap.

The fighting died down at midday as both sides delivered more men to the contest. Hill sent tow regiments of Gen. George B. Anderson's brigade to replace Garland's scattered forces. Union Gen. Jacob D. Cox posted his regiments south of here along the edge of Daniel Wise's field and waited for the remainder of Reno's corps to reinforce him. As more units arrived, Hill sent Gen. Thomas F. Draytons' and Col. George T. Anderson's brigades along the "wood road" to attack the Federals. They formed in the Sharpsburg Road and attacked about 4 p.m.

By this time, the rest of Reno's corps had pulled itself up onto the mountain. As Draytons' men moved through Wise's open field, well-aimed Union volleys struck them from behind stone walls. The Federals then counterattacked, and some Georgia troops sheltering in the sunken road soon found themselves trapped. Outnumbered four to one and suffering 51 percent casualties, Draytons' brigade broke and fled down the mountain. Fox's Gap was in Union hands by 5:30 p.m.
HM NumberHM2FY
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 1:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 274846 N 4372266
Decimal Degrees39.47055000, -77.61741667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.233', W 77° 37.045'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 13.98" N, 77° 37' 2.70" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28261-28299 Appalachian Trail, Seaford MD 19973, US
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