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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 302

Army of Northern Virginia

6 AM 17 September to 6 PM 17 September

General Robert E. Lee, commanding

(September 17, 1862.)
   At about 6 A.M., Jackson became heavily engaged in resisting an attempt of Hooker's Corps of the Army of the Potomac to turn the left flank of the Confederate Army. About 7 A.M., the attempt was renewed by Mansfield's Corps. About 9 A.M., a third attempt was made by Sedgwick's Division of Sumner's Corps. Between 9:15 and 11 A.M., French's and Richardson's Divisions of Sumner's Corps assaulted and at noon finally carried the Confederate position in the Sunken Road. Between 9 A.M. and noon several attacks were made on the Confederate right at the Burnside Bridge but without success. An attack at 1 P.M. was successful and the troops of the Ninth Corps obtained a lodgment on the plateau overlooking the Burnside Bridge. From this position at about 3 P.M. an assault was directed against the heights overlooking the town, which was checked by the arrival of A.P. Hill's Division from Harper's Ferry.

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


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

Army of Northern Virginia

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 16792]

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