Friday, September 05, 2008

A walk to the Hawkin's Zouaves monument

Antietam has plenty of corner pockets where visitors seldom seem to go. The obelisk that is the Hawkin's Zouave monument is one of those out of the way areas.  Although visibile from both ends of the field, this monument exists on a narrow spit of park land surrounded by, and deep within, private property.

A walk of three tenths of a mile down this lane will take you there.

Had this monument been in place on the afternoon of September 17, 1862, this would have been the view of Hill's Confederates, having just rolled up the Ninth Corps line up to this point...

only to be temporarily blunted by the efforts of the veteran 9th New York - "Hawkin's Zouaves",  as indicated by this old park wayside from the Centennial era.

Today, with the National Cemetery in the background, this obelisk provides testimony to the efforts of those men from New York...

and  spells out their sacrifice...

for those few who take the walk down that little lane off Harper's Ferry Road.

Take that walk,

Ranger Mannie


Anonymous said...

Excellent! Guess I'm one of the few who have taken that walk .. and am glad I did.

Anonymous said...

Mannie, is the nearby 8th Connecticut Monument officially on park ground or private ground?

Mannie Gentile said...


Send me your email, I'll get with our Natural Resources
person this coming week to ascertain if that's on park property. I suspect that it is though there is no "public access" causeway leading to it.

I'll let you know what I find out.


Anonymous said...

There is no public access, but the park has right of way to go and check and keep up the monument. I spoke with Jane about this for the spring hikes I take up to the 9th monument.

Mannie Gentile said...


Thanks for getting back to me!