General Lafayette McLaws CSA (1821-1897)

Date:
C. 1860s

General Lafayette McLaws was stretched to the limit during the attack on Harpers Ferry. His primary objective was to capture Maryland Heights and use the high ground to deploy artillery for the bombardment of the Union troops below. But, after defeating the Northern forces on the Heights in a sharp engagement, McLaws also had to battle the force of gravity. A road had to be cut up the steep hillside before he could move his artillery from the valley floor to the mountaintop. McLaws sent four cannon to the crest, but it took 200 men to pull each piece up the slope. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0032
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Battle Of South Mountain, Md

Date:
Sep14, 1862

This print portrays a Union brigade storming up the hill and overrunning a Confederate unit at the Battle of South Mountain. The battle, which preceded Antietam, was the first major engagement between Union and Confederate forces in western Maryland, and allowed Union General George McClellan to approach the Confederate army, centered around Sharpsburg, MD

Location:
201 West Monument Street Baltimore,Maryland 21201
Identifier:
Z24.1473
Institution:
Maryland Historical Society