The core of the Regiment's officers and men were recruited in September 1861 from veterans of the First Defenders and others of the three-month units recruited in April and May 1861 in response to the President's first call for troops. Their initial service was along the upper Potomac and at Harpers Ferry. In early 1862 they were with Banks in the Shenandoah Valley. They saw serious action at Cedar Mountain on 9 August.
On the Antietam Campaign
In the battle of Antietam, Banks' Corps was commanded by General Mansfield, and early in the day of September 17th was led to the support of Hooker, battling with a heavy force of the enemy on the extreme right of the line, across Antietam Creek. Crawford's Brigade was sent to the support of Ricketts' Division and advanced carrying the woods to the right of, and beyond the cornfield, and maintained its position until relieved by Sedgwick's Division of Sumner's Corps. The Forty-sixth was here led by Lieutenant Colonel Selfridge, Colonel Knipe still suffering from the effects of his wounds. The loss was six killed and three severely wounded. Captain George A. Brooks was among the killed.
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Detail Map #2: Hood's Division Retakes the Cornfield
Detail Map #3: Mansfield's Twelfth Corps Attacks Into the Cornfield
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit
After the Antietam Campaign
The Regiment was at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, on the Atlanta Campaign, and with Sherman on the March to the Sea.
We have 14 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:
|A||Corp||Nourse, Thomas A.||KIA 09/17|
|C||Pvt||Clader, James L.||KIA 09/17|
|D||Capt||Brooks, George A.||KIA 09/17|
|E||Pvt||Alexander, William||WIA 09/17|
|E||Lt||Ketrer, Sefra T.|
|G||Pvt||Armstrong, Noah G.||WIA 09/17|
|I||Corp||Carney, Dennis||KIA 09/17|
|I||Pvt||Etter, George H.||KIA 09/17|
|I||Sgt||Hessley, Charles||KIA 09/17|
|K||Pvt||Brandt, Charles||MWIA 09/17|
|K||Pvt||Epler, John F.||WIA 09/17|
|F&S||Col||Knipe, Joseph Farmer|
|F&S||LCol||Selfridge, James Levan|
|--||Pvt||Brine, Charles||Died (u) 10/04|
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