The Mariners’ Park Café / Open to the Public
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!
As General Robert E. Lee divided his army during his march into Maryland, Union General George B. McClellan obtained a copy of Lee’s plans and strove to defeat the divided Confederate army. On September 14, 1862, the South Mountain passes were defended by 18,000 men, commanded by Confederate General D. H. Hill. McClellan captured Crampton’s Gap, forcing the Confederates to abandon Turner’s and Fox’s gaps. Hill was able to give Lee an extra day to unify the Confederate army at Sharpsburg, Maryland, and await McClellan’s attack.