Finding Mortuary Cannons at Antietam

There are six mortuary cannons at Antietam National Military Park in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Finding mortuary cannons at Antietam is not difficult, but they are spread through the battlefield. For bicyclists, a little planning is required.

6 Mortuary Cannons

Three of the six mortuary cannons honor generals from the Army of the Potomac, the Union army that fought at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. And three mortuary cannons honor generals from the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederate army that invaded Maryland from Virginia.

They are listed in the following table, ordered for convenient visitation on a bicycle route.

Mortuary Cannons

#PhotoDeath and BurialBattlefield Location
1Brig. Gen. William E. Starke (CSA)

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d. Sept 17, 1862
Buried in VA
West Woods
2Maj. Gen. Joseph K. F. Mansfield

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d. Sept 18, 1862
Buried in CT
East Woods
3Brig. Gen. George B. Anderson (CSA)

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d. Oct 16, 1862
Buried in NC
Sunken Road (Bloody Lane)
4Maj. Gen. Israel B. Richardson

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d. Nov 3, 1862
Buried in MI
Sunken Road (Bloody Lane)
5Brig. Gen. Lawrence O. Branch (CSA)

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d. Sept 17, 1862
Buried in NC
Final Attack Area
6Brig. Gen. Isaac P. Rodman

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d. Sept 30, 1862
Buried in RI
Final Attack Area

Note: Since the mortuary cannons are nearly identical (except, of course, for their inscriptions), this page displays photographs in a table rather than use the slideshow format adopted by other Civil War Cycling Scavenger Hunt pages.

Finding Mortuary Cannons at Antietam

For each monument’s photograph, find its location on the map. (Or you could do it the other way around: For each map location, find the associated monument photograph.)

Then plan a bicycle route that passes each monument. Two routes might be easier to plan and ride. Most convenient is a route that covers the northern half of Antietam battlefield, where you can pass four mortuary cannons near Auto Tour Stops 3, 5, and 8. If you want to see the two cannons that are located in the southern part of the battlefield, I recommend that you add these stops as “extras” to another of thematic tour. (The Branch mortuary cannon is south of Auto Tour Stop 10 and the Rodman cannon is about 0.3 miles in off-road fields.)

Can you find mortuary cannons at Antietam using the following maps? Give it a try! Remember, Civil War Cycling Scavenger Hunts require you to think a little so that you can more easily learn a lot. For each map, you will need to hover over the pins and associate the mortuary cannon abbreviation with the table above.

Maps

Northern Half of Antietam Battlefield

Four mortuary cannons are located north of the Observation Tower on the Sunken Road, also called Bloody Lane.

 

Southern Half of Antietam Battlefield

Two mortuary cannons are located west of the Burnside Bridge and south of Boonsboro Pike (Route 34).

 

 

Finding Mortuary Cannons at Antietam
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