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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 112

Battery A, 5th US Artillery

7 AM 17 September to 8 PM 17 September

Lieut. Chas. P. Muhlenburg, U.S.A., Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   On the morning of the 17th, Battery A was in position on the crest of the hill east of the Rohrbach Lane, east of and overlooking the stone bridge over the Antietam. In the afternoon the Battery crossed the bridge and went into position on the ridge 730 yards a little south of and east of this point and engaged the Confederate artillery and infantry. Later in the day the battery moved about 60 yards west and 100 yards south of its first position, more effectually to check a flank movement of A.P. Hill's Division. At night the battery was withdrawn to the cover of the ridge on which it had been engaged.

Location: east side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        5th United States Artillery, Battery A

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 16887]

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