SHARPSBURG -- Some say South Mountain is the forgotten battle of the Maryland campaign in the Civil War, overshadowed by the bloody fight at Antietam only days later.
Five men did not forget. They were at the National Cemetery in Sharpsburg on Saturday morning as mist rose in the fields at nearby Antietam National Battlefield. The men marked with flags the graves of those who died in the Battle of South Mountain, fought Sunday, Sept. 14, 1862.
"It's a tribute to men who generally are forgotten when Antietam anniversary weekend rolls around," said Steve Stotelmyer.
Stotelmyer quite literally wrote the book on the subject, having published "The Bivouacs of the Dead -- The Story of Those Who Died at Antietam and South Mountain."
On Saturday morning, at the cemetery about six miles from the actual site of the battle, Stotelmyer was marking the graves of unknown soldiers lost at South Mountain -- "the MIAs from a forgotten battle," he called them.