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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 10

Hartsuff's Brigade, Ricketts' Division

6 AM 17 September to 8 AM 17 September

Brig. Gen. George L. Hartsuff, Commanding.
11th Pennsylvania, 83rd New York, 12th and 13th Massachusetts Inf.

(September 17, 1862.)
   Hartsuff's Brigade, advancing from the Poffenberger Woods early on the 17th, passed through the northern part of the East Woods and over the open ground west of them, and went into action on a line running northwest and southeast through this point. Early in the movement Gen. Hartsuff was wounded and the command devolved upon Col. Richard Coulter, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. The left center of the 11th Pennsylvania was at this point with the 12th Massachusetts on the right. On the immediate left of the 11th was the 13 Massachusetts and on its left was the 83rd New York. In this position, supported by two Regiments of Christian's Brigade, it maintained a sanguinary contest in which it lost half its number, but was compelled to withdraw, being relieved by the advance of Crawford's Brigade, Twelfth Corps. The Brigade carried into action about 1220 men of whom 82 were killed and 497 wounded. The 12th Massachusetts lost 224 out of 334 engaged.

Location: north side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
        12th Massachusetts Infantry
        13th Massachusetts Infantry
        83rd New York Infantry (9th Militia)
        11th Pennsylvania Infantry

Source: The Antietam Battlefield Board1


1   Antietam Board, Antietam Battlefield Commission Papers, Washington DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1891-1898, Entry 707, Record Group 92 (Historical Tablet text by Generals E.A. Carman and H. Heth)  [AotW citation 16700]

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