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New signs dedicated at Fox's Gap at South Mountain Battlefield

Signs honor the 50th Georgia, which fought in the Sunken Road, and the 13th North Carolina

September 07, 2012
  • Travis Hebert reads information on one of the new markers placed Friday along the General Garland Trail near Fox's Gap to honor the 13th North Carolina Infantry Regiment and the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Two new signs were dedicated Friday at Fox’s Gap at South Mountain Battlefield to add information to the North Carolina South Mountain Monument, according to Boonsboro Town Council member Sean Haardt.

“They built the monument, but there wasn’t much literature to read on it,” Haardt said. “This is a way to keep people educated about what happened.”

The dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. was held by Fox’s Gap Reno Monument Road, The Living History Association of Mecklenburg Inc. and The Central Maryland Heritage League. The signs honor the 50th Georgia, which fought in the Sunken Road, and the 13th North Carolina, which was with Gen. Samuel Garland when he was mortally wounded, according to Haardt.

Haardt said the signs are a way to educate people about the Confederate soldiers who fought in the Battle of South Mountain.

“What was here before was strictly dedicated to the Union,” he said. “This memorializes the Confederates who fought and died here.”

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The North Carolina South Mountain Monument, according to Haardt, was built in 2003 after $75,000 was raised over eight years.

— Caleb Calhoun

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