Know what this is?

21 November 2009

Antietam Plaqueclick to see larger image
Iron Antietam plaque

A correspondent has asked us to identify this interesting object, recently purchased. She has heard it may have been something people put on houses that survived the War – perhaps especially in or near Sharpsburg.

I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who can help identify it a little more surely. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.

4 Responses to “Know what this is?”

  1. Scott D. Hann says:

    Just like at Gettysburg, I understand these plaques were placed on homes that stood in Sharpsburg in 1862. Ironically, the last one I saw was nailed to the bookstore adjacent to the Farnsworth House in Gettysburg. Apparently, it was purchased as a souvenir and mounted there to break up the monotony of the “Civil War Building 1863” signs that designate a dwelling that stood during the Battle of Gettysburg.

  2. Tom Clemens says:

    Yes, it is the markers created during the Centennial to mark houses in Sharpsburg that were there duringthe battle.

  3. Brian says:

    Thank you, gentlemen!

  4. Mike Brown says:

    Scott D. Hann,

    Cut and pasted your name from the info site of the Medal of honor recipient, Hillary Beyer. He was my 4th gr uncle, twice removed…anyway, I have his Medal and was wondering what the monetary value this piece could draw from a collector, such as yourself.
    Please respond to me at

    Thanks Mike Brown

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