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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 109

Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery

9 AM 17 September to 2 PM 18 September

Lieut. Geo. A. Woodruff, U.S.A., Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   Between 9 and 10 A.M., Battery I, 1st Artillery, advancing by the Smoketown Road, passed through the East Woods to the assistance of the Infantry of Sedgwick's Division, then engaged in the West Woods. The Battery went into position about 380 yards north, 62° west of this point, opening fire at once, with canister, and checking the advance of the Confederates from the West Woods. A movement of the enemy on its left, from the woods around the Dunkard Church, compelled the Battery to retire to this point, its left gun on the road, where it again went into action. It remained in this position until about noon, when it was relieved by Batteries A and C (consolidated), 4th U.S. Artillery, and withdrawn. At 5 P.M., after replenishing ammunition, the Battery took position on the ground overlooking the Sunken Road where Richardson's Division had been engaged, and remained until 2 P.M. of the 18th.

Location: north side of the Smoketown Road near Mumma Farm Lane (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        1st United States Artillery, Battery I

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 16786]

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