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[ Detail Map 8a ]


Sykes' Regulars Begin Advance on Sharpsburg

1:00 O'Clock P.M., 17 September 1862

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The Situation: Part of Sykes' Division of US Regulars cross the Middle Bridge in the early afternoon of 17 September, and, backed by Pleasonton's Horse Artillery, begin probing toward the town of Sharpsburg. See Map 8b for the Regular's positions later that afternoon.

Units on this Map:

[Confederate]
Jeff Davis (AL) Artillery
1st Georgia (Regulars) Infantry
Washington (LA) Artillery, 1st Company
Washington (LA) Artillery, 3rd Company
17th South Carolina Infantry
18th South Carolina Infantry
22nd South Carolina Infantry
23rd South Carolina Infantry
German (SC) Artillery
Holcombe (SC) Legion
Macbeth (SC) Artillery
Palmetto (SC) Light Artillery
18th Virginia Infantry
19th Virginia Infantry
28th Virginia Infantry
56th Virginia Infantry
8th Virginia Infantry
Long Island (VA) Battery
Morris' Louisa (VA) Artillery
Richmond 'Orange' (VA) Artillery
Wise (VA) Legion Artillery, Company D

[Federal]
1st Battalion New York Light Artillery, Battery B
New York Light Artillery, 5th Battery
4th Pennsylvania Cavalry
12th United States Infantry, First Battalion
2nd and 10th United States Infantry
2nd United States Artillery, Batteries B and L
2nd United States Artillery, Battery A
2nd United States Artillery, Battery M
3rd United States Artillery, Batteries C and G
5th United States Artillery, Battery I

Source: The original battlefield position studies by the Antietam Battlefield Board (1904) are described in the Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam, and are available online from the Library of Congress.