CIVIL WAR JOURNEYS
Antietam: McClellan´s Masterpiece
Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:
-D. Scott Hartwig -Dennis Frye -Ted Alexander
Headquarters for this tour of the 1862 Maryland Campaign will be at the Clarion Inn located at 4328 William L. Wilson FWY, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425 Telephone 304-535-6302 Civil War Journeys has secured a block of rooms for tour participants at $110 per night plus applicable taxes.
This three-day program will start Thursday evening September 19 at the Clarion Inn with a lecture featuring retired Antietam battlefield chief historian Ted Alexander. His talk will focus on the infantry soldiers who waged the bloody battle of Antietam. This talk is based on his recent book The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day (2011).
On Friday we will devote the entire day to the Battle of South Mountain. Our guide will be the critically acclaimed historian D. Scott Hartwig author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (2012). We will start at Fox’s Gap and visit the sites associated with the attack of Gen. Jacob Cox’s Union troops and the defense of South Mountain under Confederates commanded by Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill. This tour will take you to sites in the fields where the respective forces fought for possession of South Mountain. From Fox’s Gap we will walk north along Ridge Road to Turners Gap situated on the National Road. From there we will travel with Maj. Gen. Hooker’s I Corps via the Dahlgren Road and the Frostown Road and examine the defense of South Mountain by Confederate troops under Maj. Gen. James Longstreet. Box lunch at the Crampton’s Gap picnic grove. We will devote the afternoon to the battle of Crampton’s Gap.
On Saturday our tour group will be led by the dean of Harpers Ferry and Antietam studies Dennis Frye. His latest books September Surprise: Lincoln’s Union in Peril (2012) and Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination (2018) are based on a life time of study regarding the dramatic events of the Maryland Campaign of 1862. We will devote the entire morning to Maj. Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s siege at Harpers Ferry. Box lunch at the Antietam battlefield Visitor’s Center. In the afternoon we will visit McClellan’s headquarters at the Pry House, the scene of Hooker’s assault and the famous Miller cornfield where the 1 st Texas counterattacked. In addition we will follow Gen. Sedgwick’s division of the II Corps into the West Woods.
Sunday, again led by historian Dennis Frye, our group will examine the fighting around the Dunker Church and walk the fields following the famous Irish Brigade as they marched against the Confederate position at the Bloody Lane. After a box lunch at the Visitor’s Center we will devote the afternoon to the action at the Burnside Bridge and walk the ground above the bridge where Gen. A.P. Hill arrived with his command to stop the Yankees from destroying the Army of Northern Virginia. In addition to all of this we will visit the National Cemetery and several sites outside of the National Park which are significant in telling the Antietam story. We will return to the Clarion Inn on Sunday afternoon at 5PM.