"Sealed With Their Lives"

"Sealed With Their Lives" (HMOX)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.087', W 77° 38.27'

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Just before the Confederate line along Mountain Church Road gave way, Brigadier General Howell Cobb arrived in Crampton's Gap with his Georgia and North Carolina troops. After meeting with Colonel Thomas Munford, who had been directing the battle, Cobb allowed Munford to deploy Cobb's troops. Munford ordered the 15th North Carolina to the Arnoldstown Road. There they took a position behind a stone wall facing Whipp's Ravine. The 24th Georgia was ordered into the ravine while Cobb's Legion followed by the 16th Georgia, moved down Gapland Road. Near here Cobb's Legion formed line of battle on the mountain slope about halfway down between the two roads, the 16th Georgia to its left. As remnants of Munford's shattered line rushed through the Legion's ranks, Torbert's New Jersey Brigade surrounded it on three sides, the 3rd New Jersey wheeling down onto the Legion from behind after climbing to Gapland Road unopposed.

Twelve hundred New Jersey soldiers surrounded the 248 men of Cobb's Legion. If Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson Lamar, the Legion's commander, retreated, he might start a stampede of the entire Confederate line; but, if he stayed where he was, he might buy time for the rest of the Confederates to retreat. He chose to stay. Shortly after, a bullet smashed into his leg, toppling him to the ground. Eventually, Captain William Lowe of Company F, also wounded in the leg, called to Lamar that the Legion was being annihilated. Lowe helped Lamar to his feet so he could order the Legion out of the killing field. No sooner had Lamar done so than a bullet tore through his chest, mortally wounding him. In about twenty minutes, the Legion sustained 72% casualties—killed, wounded, and missing.

Order of Battle
Confederate States of America
Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb
16th Ga., 24th Ga., Cobb's Legion, 15th N.C.

Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes
10th Ga.

Col. Thomas T. Munford
2nd Va. Cav., 12th Va. Cav., Chew's Battery

Col. William A. Parham
6th Va., 12th Va., 16th Va., Portsmouth Light Arty.

United States of America

Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, VI Corps

Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum
Col. Torbert
1st N.J., 2nd N.J., 3rd N.J., 4th N.J.

Col. Bartlett
27th N.Y. 16th N.Y., 5th Me., 96th Pa.

Brig. Gen. Newton
18th N.Y., 31st N.Y., 32nd N.Y., 95th Pa.

Maj. Gen. William F. (Baldy) Smith
Brig. Gen. Brooks
2nd Vt., 3rd Vt. (nc), 4th Vt., 5th Vt. (nc), 6th Vt (nc)
(nc) noncombatants

Donated to the citizens of the United States in honor of our ancestor, Private James Anderson Coker, 24th Georgia Volunteers, by Keith C. O'Neil & family.
Placed ByBlue and Gray Educational Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 7:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272865 N 4364647
Decimal Degrees39.40145000, -77.63783333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.087', W 77° 38.27'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 5.22" N, 77° 38' 16.20" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6000-6012 Gapland Rd, Jefferson MD 21755, US
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