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Army of the Potomac

5 AM 17 September to 12 PM 17 September

(September 17, 1862.)
   The Battle opened at daylight between Hooker's Corps and the Confederate Divisions of Jackson and Ewell and raged in the East Woods, in Miller's Cornfield, and on either side of the Hagerstown Pike about one third of a mile north of the Dunkard Church. Ewell's Division was relieved by Hood's, and Hooker's Corps by Mansfield's. Hood was re-enforced by the Brigades of Ripley, Colquitt and Garland of D.H. Hill's Division. After a sanguinary contest, Mansfield's Corps forced the entire Confederate line, north of the Bloody Lane, to retire west of the Pike. Sumner's (Second) Corps crossed the Antietam at Pry's Ford, about 8 A.M., Sedgwick's Division advancing to and through the East Woods, over Mansfield's Corps, and across the Hagerstown Pike to the west edge of the West Woods, where it was checked in part by the Artillery and Infantry of Jackson's Command, struck on the left by the Divisions of McLaws and Walker, and driven north and east beyond D.R. Miller's. Confederate efforts to recover ground east of the Hagerstown Pike were checked by Hooker's, Mansfield's and Sumner's Artillery. Greene's Division of Mansfield's Corps followed the Confederate repulse with a charge and seized the woods west of the Dunkard Church, which it held until about noon, when it was dislodged and the Confederates made another effort to gain ground east, but were repulsed by the fire of the Union Artillery and the advance of Franklin's (Sixth) Corps, which arrived on the field about noon.

Location:   north side of Bloody Lane at the Observation Tower (Map 3)

Units described and/or located by this Tablet:


First (I) Army Corps
        Companies A, B, I, & K, 2nd New York Cavalry
1st Division, I Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        22nd New York Infantry
        24th New York Infantry
        30th New York Infantry
        84th New York Infantry/14th Brooklyn
        2nd United States Sharpshooters
    1st Division, I Corps Artillery
        New Hampshire Light Artillery, First Battery
        1st New York Light Artillery, Battery L
        1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery D
        4th United States Artillery, Battery B
    2nd Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        7th Indiana Infantry
        76th New York Infantry
        95th New York Infantry
        56th Pennsylvania Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        21st New York Infantry
        23rd New York Infantry
        35th New York Infantry
        80th New York Infantry/20th NYS Militia
    4th Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        19th Indiana Infantry
        2nd Wisconsin Infantry
        6th Wisconsin Infantry
        7th Wisconsin Infantry
2nd Division, I Corps
        104th New York Infantry
        105th New York Infantry
        97th New York Infantry
        107th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
        26th New York Infantry
        94th New York Infantry
        88th Pennsylvania Infantry
        90th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Division, I Corps Artillery
        1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery F
        Independent Battery, Pennsylvania Light Artillery
    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
        12th Massachusetts Infantry
        13th Massachusetts Infantry
        83rd New York Infantry (9th Militia)
        11th Pennsylvania Infantry
3rd Division, I Corps
    1st Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps
        13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)
        1st Pennsylvania Reserves
        2nd Pennsylvania Reserves
        5th Pennsylvania Reserves
        6th Pennsylvania Reserves
    2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps
        3rd Pennsylvania Reserves
        4th Pennsylvania Reserves
        7th Pennsylvania Reserves
        8th Pennsylvania Reserves
    3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps
        10th Pennsylvania Reserves
        11th Pennsylvania Reserves
        12th Pennsylvania Reserves
        9th Pennsylvania Reserves
    3rd Division, I Corps Artillery
        1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery A
        1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B
        5th United States Artillery, Battery C

Second (II) Army Corps
        6th New York Cavalry, Company D
        6th New York Cavalry, Company K
2nd Division, II Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps
        15th Massachusetts Infantry
        Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company
        1st Minnesota Infantry
        Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company
        34th New York Infantry
        82nd New York Infantry (2nd Militia)
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps
        106th Pennsylvania Infantry
        69th Pennsylvania Infantry
        71st Pennsylvania Infantry
        72nd Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Division, II Corps Artillery
        1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery A
        1st United States Artillery, Battery I
    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps
        19th Massachusetts Infantry
        20th Massachusetts Infantry
        7th Michigan Infantry
        42nd New York Infantry
        59th New York Infantry

Sixth (VI) Army Corps
        6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Companies B and G
1st Division, VI Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps
        1st New Jersey Infantry
        2nd New Jersey Infantry
        3rd New Jersey Infantry
        4th New Jersey Infantry
    1st Division, VI Corps Artillery
        Massachusetts Light Artillery, Battery A
        Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A
        New Jersey Light Artillery, Battery A
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery D
    2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps
        5th Maine Infantry
        121st New York Infantry
        16th New York Infantry
        27th New York Infantry
        96th Pennsylvania Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps
        18th New York Infantry
        31st New York Infantry
        32nd New York Infantry
        95th Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Division, VI Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
        6th Maine Infantry
        43rd New York Infantry
        137th Pennsylvania Infantry
        49th Pennsylvania Infantry
        5th Wisconsin Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
        2nd Vermont Infantry
        3rd Vermont Infantry
        4th Vermont Infantry
        5th Vermont Infantry
        6th Vermont Infantry
    2nd Division, VI Corps Artillery
        Maryland Light Artillery, Battery B
        New York Light Artillery, 1st Battery
        5th United States Artillery, Battery F
    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
        7th Maine Infantry
        20th New York Infantry
        33rd New York Infantry
        49th New York Infantry
        77th New York Infantry

Twelfth (XII) Army Corps
        1st Michigan Cavalry, Company L
1st Division, XII Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps
        5th Connecticut Infantry
        10th Maine Infantry
        28th New York Infantry
        124th Pennsylvania Infantry
        125th Pennsylvania Infantry
        128th Pennsylvania Infantry
        46th Pennsylvania Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps
        27th Indiana Infantry
        2nd Massachusetts Infantry
        13th New Jersey Infantry
        107th New York Infantry
        Collis' (PA) Independent Company
        3rd Wisconsin Infantry
2nd Division, XII Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps
        5th Ohio Infantry
        66th Ohio Infantry
        7th Ohio Infantry
        28th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps
        3rd Maryland Infantry
        102nd New York Infantry
        111th Pennsylvania Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps
        1st District of Columbia Infantry
        3rd Delaware Infantry
        Purnell Legion (Maryland) Infantry
        60th New York Infantry
        78th New York Infantry
XII Corps Artillery
        Maine Light Artillery, 4th Battery
        Maine Light Artillery, 6th Battery
        1st New York Light Artillery, Battery M
        New York Light Artillery, 10th Battery
        Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery E
        Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery F
        4th United States Artillery, Battery F



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