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West Wheeling Home Contains Brick From Antietam Battlefield Where Late Owner Fought

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West Wheeling Home Contains Brick From Antietam Battlefield Where Late Owner Fought

In connection with the 75th anniversary of the battle of Antietam, to be observed September 17 on the site of the decisive battle of the Civil war, recent events involving an Eastern Ohio soldier in that war are of interest.

In an automobile trip through the Shenandoah Valley several years ago, Lt. A. E. Fortney of West Wheeling, who passed away four years ago, visited many of the historic battle grounds in which he had a definite interest. Fortney, first a commissioned officer in Co. E., 16th. W. Va. infantry and later appointed to the signal corps, with his party of relatives spent many an interesting hour visiting and relating scenes enacted at Antietam.

A pile of bricks marked the site of the Old Drunkard church around which the battle was fought and which caused "Bloody Lane" at the spot where it stood to become known throughout the nation. The Civil war veteran brought one of the bricks home with him and it now occupies a prominent position in the middle of a large brick fireplace in what was his living room at West Wheeling.

From the time of Mr. Fortney's return and up until his death, many visitors at his home were entertained by the stories of his army outfit's activities at Cedar Creek and other points in and around Sharpsburg where the celebration with President Roosevelt in attendance will be staged.


Martins Ferry Times, Ohio

Times Leader

Used with permission of the Times Leader, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors system shows an Albert E. Fortney as a member of the 15th West Virginia who were involved in Cedar Creek, and also an A. E. Fortney in the Signal Corp. The 15th West Virginia were not mustered until after the Battle of Antietam.
The church is Dunkard Church, not the Drunkard church.


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc

Washington County (Md.), 1937.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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