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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 310

Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command

7 AM 17 September to 9 AM 17 September

Brigadier General John B. Hood, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   About 7 A.M. of the 17th, Hood's Division moved out of the woods surrounding the Dunkard Church, crossed the Hagerstown Pike a few yards north of the Church and, advancing in a northerly direction, relieved the Brigades of Lawton, Hays, and Trimble of Ewell's Division, and became heavily engaged with troops of the First Corps, Army of the Potomac. Its left Brigade (Wofford's) rested on the Hagerstown Pike, its right Brigade (Laws') extended into the East Woods. It was engaged on the line now marked by this road, and finally advanced into the north edge of Miller's Cornfield (305 yards north of this) and to the east edge of the East Woods where it was checked and, after a severe contest, involving heavy losses on both sides, was compelled to retire to the woods from which it had advanced.

Location: south side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

Hood's Division
    Hood's Brigade
        18th Georgia Infantry
        Hampton (SC) Legion
        1st Texas Infantry
        4th Texas Infantry
        5th Texas Infantry
    Hood's Division Artillery
        Rowan (NC) Artillery
        German (SC) Artillery
        Palmetto (SC) Light Artillery
    Law's Brigade
        4th Alabama Infantry
        11th Mississippi Infantry
        2nd Mississippi Infantry
        6th North Carolina Infantry

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 16672]

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