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The members of the 13th North
Carolina Troops Co B, spear headed the erection of a monument to the North Carolina
Troops who fought at the battle of South Mountain Maryland.
Engravings on the Monument
In memory of the North Carolinians that fought at or near here September 14,1862.
The lst, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 23rd, & 30th
NC Infantry Regiments and the 1st NC Artillery, Manly and Reilly Batteries.
General D H Hill was in command of the 10,000 Confederates with elements of
Longstreets' Corps arriving in the afternoon. The fighting here at Fox's Gap
saw one of the few instances of actual hand-to-hand combat of the war. The
13th was totally surrounded after the mortal wounding of Brig Gen. Samuel Garland
just a few yards from here. Two days after the battle, 58 Confederate dead
were dumped down the well of farmer Daniel Wise located NW. In 1874, they were
re-interred in Hagerstown, Md.
The state flag of North Carolina 1861
"Driven back from the front, the enemy falling back through Wise's garden,
were met by our line coming up from the rear in the flank, and a terrific fight
ensued. The color bearer of a Confederate Regiment jumped up on the rear
wall of the garden, and defiantly waving his flag refused the many calls to surrender
which he received, was shot and fell inside the garden wall.
Private Hoagland of my company jumped over the fence and secured the flag.
Lt. Col. Coleman of the 11th, who was present and had called upon the man to
surrender, ordered Hoagland to deliver the flag to him, and afterwards claimed
credit of its capture."
R B Wilson, 12th Ohio Letter to Gen E A Carmen, Antietam Board July 22, 1899
The above describes
the fierce fighting in and around Wise's field probably
during the afternoon action with Drayton's Brigade. Several
Confederate color bearers were killed or wounded during
the fight at Fox's Gap.