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19th Massachusetts Infantry

 

Commanding Officers at Antietam:
  Col. Edward W. Hinks
  LCol. Arthur F. Devereux

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Second (II) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, II Corps
  Brigade - 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps


On the Antietam Campaign

"We arrived at South Mountain while the battle was being fought, but took no part in it. The 16th of September we reached Antietam, and formed in line of battle. On the morning of the 17th, with our brigade in the centre, we advanced in three lines of battle, over walls and fences, through fields, under a terrible fire of artillery. The regiment was growing nervous but did not break. Colonel Hincks halted us, put us through the manual of arms, ending with parade rest. Having become steady, we moved forward to a strip of woods, and came upon the enemy strongly posted. Grape and canister, shot and shell, volleys of musketry greeted us - and our men fell as grain before the scythe."

"One-half of our officers and men were either killed or wounded. Colonel Hincks was the first to fall, again terribly wounded. Capt. George W. Batchelder was killed, and the command of the regiment and companies changed fast, as one after another officer went down. At the time we were so hotly engaged in the front we began to receive a fire from our left and rear, and discovered that we were being flanked, and must change front to rear. This was done by the 19th Massachusetts and 1st Minnesota. We were now under command of Colonel Devereaux, and were ordered to take a position near a stone wall. We fired as we fell back, holding the enemy until we had reformed our lines, when we again went in and continued fighting until dark, when we were ordered to support a battery ..."
(from Adams)

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #35: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 7 AM to 15 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #115: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #116: Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #36: Sedgwick's Division, Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #38: Dana's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM

References & Notes

See Adams, Capt John B., Reminiscences of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, Boston: Wright, Potter Printing Company, 1899 - transcription online thanks to Kerry Webb.

We have 28 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
APvtAdams, Isaac NewcombMWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
APvtCarleton, Everett WIA   09/17
APvtSpofford, Daniel WebsterWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
BPvtBean, William H.KIA   09/17
BPvtCarlton, George B.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
CCaptBatchelder, George W.MWIA   09/17
CPvtBryant, Daniel W.MWIA   09/17
CPvtHazen, Jacob F.MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
CSgtStone, William WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
DPvtCavanaugh, John WIA   09/17
EPvtBerry, Dennis KIA   09/17
ESgtBuchanan, James MWIA   09/17
FPvtCarey, Lawrence WIA   09/17
FCaptRice, Edmund WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
GPvtBatchelder, George H.WIA   09/17
GPvtCassidy, Francis KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
GCorpChandler, Rederick WIA   09/17
GCaptWeymouth, Harrison Gray Otis        We have some details for this person
HPvtBall, George H.WIA   09/17
HPvtBrennan, Thomas WIA   09/17
HPvtBridges, Thomas KIA   09/17
HLtThorndike, Albert WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
ILtAdams, John Gregory Bishop        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
F&SLColDevereux, Arthur Forrester        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
F&SColHincks, Edward WinslowWIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
UnkPvtGrant, Charles Died   00/00
UnkSgtLewis, ------ Died   00/00
UnkPvtLoss, J. L.Died   00/00

 

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