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Roosevelt Is To Be at Antietam Re-Enactment

Roanoke Times. Virginia's troops at Antietam Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Roosevelt Is To Be at Antietam Re-Enactment

HAGERSTOWN Md., Sept. 4 (Special)

Old Dunkard Church on Antietam battlefield at nearby Sharpsburg, stood on the site around which General Robert E. Lee fought and won, against double odds, for what might have been a decisive victory, September 17, 1862, but with two subsequent phases disputed the battle was termed a draw.

President Roosevelt will stand across the road from Dunkard church, surrounded by an expected throng at the 75th anniversary re-enactment, at noon September 17, to honor 23,000 who fell here in the bloodiest one-day's battle of the War Between the States.

Maryland's Baltimore battery, "Stonewall" Jackson's division opened the battle of Antietam at Dunkard church at 5:30 on that fateful September day in '62, faced by Maryland's Federal batteries A and B.

Deep South Fights
Standing shoulder to shoulder with "Stonewall's" Baltimore battery was the 15th, 47th, and 48th Alabama, the 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 21st, 44th and 53d Georgia, and the 1st, 3rd, 24th. 25th, 27th, 35th, 46th, 48th, and 49th North Carolina, about one-third of which made the supreme sacrifice for the Confederacy. And with them, the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th South Carolina, added to valor that brought down nearly 2,100 of Federal General Sedgwick's men in less than 15 minutes, with remnants of practically all regiments here listed, being rallied to fight In "Bloody Lane" where 4,915 fell on both sides in less than 30 minutes.

It is the "Bloody Lane" phase, second of the three major phases of the battle of Antietam, which will be reenacted at noon, September 17, 1937.

History completes faithful devotion to Confederacy's cause at Antietam’s Dunkard church with the troops of Virginia, who started and exhausted themselves to the end on this field of blood.

Stuart's Men Engaged
They were Virginia's 13th, 25th, 31st, 44th, 49th, 52nd, and 58th under General Jubal A. Early. Virginia's 10th, 23d, and 37th under Col. J. W. Jackson... the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 21st , 27th , 33d, 42nd and the 1st battalion, under McLaws ...the 15th and 32nd commanded by General Paul J. Semmes and the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th Virginia cavalry which held the left flank along the Potomac under General Fitzhugh Lee, with J.E.B. Stuart's famous cavalry. All around Dunkard church.

The picture is from Recker’s photograph of about 1875, from the original negative — showing major repairs, but with many shell holes remaining and visible.


Roanoke Times

copyright, The Roanoke Times.

Used with permission of the Roanoke Times


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc

Washington County (Md.), 1937.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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