Friday, 9 September 2016
Help Save Antietam and the Maryland Campaign!
You have probably heard about our current effort to save 84 acres of hallowed ground at three battlefields from the Maryland Campaign: Antietam, South Mountain, and Shepherdstown. With the anniversary of these battles just one week away, I thought I’d take a closer look at the major battle that is often overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam: the Battle of South Mountain.
At South Mountain, more specifically at Turner’s Gap, Union troops from General Joseph Hooker’s corps including General George Meade’s Pennsylvania Reserve Division swept over our 65-acre target property in its relentless attack on General Robert Rodes’s Alabama brigade. After Rodes and his men beat back Meade’s initial advance, another Union division under General James B. Ricketts advanced over this land in the final assault that ultimately gave the Yankees control of Turner’s Gap.
South Mountain is the largest of the Maryland Campaign properties we’re now working to save. This land is also adjacent to land that you already helped to save, as well as other preserved land at South Mountain. We are preserving one piece at a time this important chapter in American history, and cannot allow it to be lost.
Thanks to members like you, we have already raised roughly $80,000 of the funds necessary to call this land saved. But we still have quite a way to go if we’re going to meet our goal of $413,375. To put it bluntly, we need your help.
Help save these 65 acres at South Mountain!
The Civil War Trust