Commanding Officer at Antietam:
LCol. Benjamin L. Simpson
The Purnell Legion Maryland, Volunteers, consisting of nine companies of infantry, two companies of cavalry, and two batteries of
light artillery were recruited under the auspices of the Hon. William H. Purnell, Postmaster at Baltimore, Md., at Pikesville Arsenal, near Baltimore, between October 31, 1861, and December 31, 1861. The Legion was raised, under special authority of the Secretary of War, to serve three years.
Upon the resignation of Colonel William H. Purnell, in February, 1862, the Legion Organization was discontinued and the different arms of the service—infantry, cavalry, and artillery—were made independent of each other.
Source: History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-6, Volume 367, Page 460, from the Maryland State Archives Online.
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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #114: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #27: Twelfth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #113: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
Tablet #20: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
We have 3 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:
|E||Pvt||Burns, Jonathan P.||WIA 09/17|
|G||Pvt||Brittingham, John S.||WIA 09/17|
|F&S||LCol||Simpson, Benjamin L|
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