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Battle Of South Mountain: Battlefield And Beyond
By John D. Hoptak
Originally published on HistoryNet.com.
Published Online: March 27, 2012
Although it has long languished in the shadows cast by Antietam, the September 14, 1862, Battle of South Mountain was in itself a battle of great importance and profound consequence.
It was the first major battle fought north of the Potomac and it was there-and not at Antietam-where Lee's first invasion of Union territory was initially met-and turned back.
It was a daylong fight, spread out across many miles of rugged, mountainous terrain, as the two sides slugged it out for control of several key mountain passes.
.....to never be long forgotten, and to forever be long remembered. 5000 souls lost and wounded. R.I.P.