53rd Pennsylvania Infantry
|Commanding Officer: |
LCol. Richards McMichael
|Map Showing this Unit:|
Detail Map #7: Richardson's Division Attacks the Sunken Road
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #35: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 7 AM to 15 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #34: Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 8 PM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #115: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #47: Brooke's Brigade, Richardson's Division - 17 Sep, 10 AM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
Tablet #121: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #116, cont: Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #44: Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - Second (II) Army Corps
Division - 1st Division, II Corps
Brigade - 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps
History of the Unit:
At its organization, the following field officers were selected: John R. Brooke, colonel; Richard McMichael, of Reading, Berks Co., Lieutenant-Colonel; and Thomas Yeager, of Allentown, Lehigh Co., Major. Charles P. Hatch, of Philadelphia, was appointed adjutant. The Regiment fought on the Peninsular Campaign, and at Vienna, Va, after 2nd Bull Run.
On the 11th of September General French was assigned to the command of a division, and was succeeded by Colonel Brooke in command of the Brigade.
In the Antietam Campaign:
The regiment engaged in the Maryland Campaign, being in reserve at South Mountain and in the hottest of the fight at Antietam, where its loss was 28. After the battle it was engaged for two days in the work of interring the dead. It encamped at Bolivar heights until Oct. 30.
"At four A.M. of the 17th the regiment left its position on the Keedysville road, and moving a mile to the right, crossed Antietam Creek at a ford. It occupied the extreme right of the division. In front was the "sunken road" occupied by the enemy's first line. His second line was protected by a stone wall on the hill beyond."
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Sources: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.; Extracted online at the Pennsylvania in the Civil War site; and
Bean, Theodore W. ed., History of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884., transcription online from RootsWeb.
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