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Army of the Potomac

10 AM 17 September to 6 PM 17 September

(September 17, 1862   continued.)
   The left of the Union line was held by Burnside's (Ninth) Corps. THe battle opened there about 10A.M., by an unsuccessful attempt of the 11th Connecticut Infantry, supported by Crook's Brigade, to carry the stone bridge over the Antietam, about a mile and a half south of this. Nagle's Brigade repeated the attempt and was repulsed. About noon the bridge was carried by a charge of Ferrero's Brigade. Sturgis' entire Division and Crook's Brigade, Kanawha Division, crossed and seized the high ground west of the stream. Rodman's Division and Ewing's Brigade, Kanawha Division moved down the east bank of the Antietam, crossed at Snavely's Ford, and, when the bridge was carried, ascended the stream and formed on Stugis' left. Willcox's Division crossed at the bridge and relieved Sturgis, who was put in reserve. At 3 P.M., Willcox's, Rodman's and the Kanawha Divisions advanced on Sharpsburg and, with the co-operation of portions of the Fifth Corps on the right, had driven the Confederates from the high ground south and east of the town, when they were assailed on the left by A.P. Hill's Confederate Division and fell back to the cover of the high ground bordering the Antietam. Upon the repulse of the Ninth Corps, Pleasonton's Cavalry, the Horse Batteries, and the Regular Infantry which had advanced on the Boonsboro Pike, nearly to Sharpsburg, were withdrawn across the Antietam.

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

Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

Pleasonton's Cavalry Division
        1st Maine Cavalry
        15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (detachment)
    1st Brigade, Cavalry Division
        5th United States Cavalry
        6th United States Cavalry
    2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division
        8th Illinois Cavalry
        3rd Indiana Cavalry
        1st Massachusetts Cavalry
        8th Pennsylvania Cavalry
    3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division
        4th Pennsylvania Cavalry
        6th Pennsylvania Cavalry
    4th Brigade, Cavalry Division
        1st New York Cavalry
        12th Pennsylvania Cavalry
    5th Brigade, Cavalry Division
        8th New York Cavalry
        3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry
    Pleasonton's Horse Artillery
        2nd United States Artillery, Batteries B and L
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery A
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery M
        3rd United States Artillery, Batteries C and G

Ninth (IX) Army Corps
        1st Maine Cavalry, Company G
        2nd New York Artillery, Battery L
        Ohio Cavalry, Third Independant Company
        3rd United States Artillery, Batteries L and M
1st Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps
        28th Massachusetts Infantry
        17th Michigan Infantry
        79th New York Infantry
        50th Pennsylvania Infantry
    1st Division, IX Corps Artillery
        Massachusetts Light Artillery, 8th Battery
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery E
    2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps
        8th Michigan Infantry
        46th New York Infantry
        100th Pennsylvania Infantry
        45th Pennsylvania Infantry
2nd Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps
        2nd Maryland Infantry
        6th New Hampshire Infantry
        9th New Hampshire Infantry
        48th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps
        21st Massachusetts Infantry
        35th Massachusetts Infantry
        51st New York Infantry
        51st Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Division, IX Corps Artillery
        Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery D
        4th United States Artillery, Battery E
3rd Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        103rd New York Infantry
        89th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry, Company K
    2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        11th Connecticut Infantry
        16th Connecticut Infantry
        8th Connecticut Infantry
        4th Rhode Island Infantry
    3rd Division, IX Corps Artillery
        5th United States Artillery, Battery A
Kanawha Division, IX Corps
        6th New York Cavalry
    1st Brigade, Kanawha Division, IX Corps
        12th Ohio Infantry
        23rd Ohio Infantry
        30th Ohio Infantry
        Ohio Light Artillery, First Battery
        Gilmore's Company, West Virginia Cavalry
        Harrison's company, West Virginia Cavalry
    2nd Brigade, Kanawha Division, IX Corps
        Schambeck's Company, Chicago Dragoons
        Kentucky Light Artillery, Simmonds' Battery
        11th Ohio Infantry
        28th Ohio Infantry
        36th Ohio Infantry

Fifth (V) Army Corps
2nd Division, V Corps
        12th United States Infantry, First Battalion
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps
        2nd and 10th United States Infantry
    2nd Division, V Corps Artillery
        1st United States Artillery, Batteries E and G
        5th United States Artillery, Battery K



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