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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 14, 1862

Battle of South Mountain

In the Maryland Campaign, Union General George McClellan had reacted to finding copies of Lee’s Special Order 191 the previous day. He moved his army to block Lee’s advance, and on this day, while action was also taking place at Harper’s Ferry, the Battle of South Mountain occurred. It was actually several fierce skirmishes, where McClellan had blocked the passages of the mountain, and Lee could not force his way through. After this, Lee re-organized his army near the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Several Georgians in this company were wounded, killed, or promoted for their exploits at the Battle of South Mountain.