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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 317

Stuart's Cavalry Division

9 PM 16 September to 12 PM 19 September

Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, Commanding.

(September 16 - 19, 1862.)
   On the night of the 16th, Fitzhugh Lee's Brigade of Stuart's Division was in position behind the hill about 650 yards northwest of this point supporting the Horse Artillery and extending the Confederate line to the Potomac River. It co-operated with Jackson's Command in resisting the advance of the enemy on the morning of the 17th, and later was withdrawn to the high ground west of this point where it was joined by Hampton's Brigade, and co-operated with the Infantry in repulsing Sedgwick's assault. Munford's Brigade was posted on the extreme right of the Confederate line, covering the lower fords of the Antietam. During the night of the 18th, Lee's Brigade covered the withdrawl of the Army of Northern Virginia to the south bank of the Potomac, and on the 19th Hampton's Brigade participated in the diversion at Williamsport.

Location: west side of the Route 65 bypass, above Starke Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

Stuart's Cavalry Division
    Hampton's Brigade
        Cobb's (GA) Legion, Cavalry Battalion
        Jeff Davis (MS) Legion (Cavalry)
        1st North Carolina Cavalry
        2nd South Carolina Cavalry
        10th Virginia Cavalry
    Lee's Brigade
        1st Virginia Cavalry
        3rd Virginia Cavalry
        4th Virginia Cavalry
        5th Virginia Cavalry
        9th Virginia Cavalry
    Robertson's Brigade
        12th Virginia Cavalry
        17th Virginia Cavalry Battalion
        2nd Virginia Cavalry
        6th Virginia Cavalry
        7th Virginia Cavalry
    Stuart's/Pelham's Horse Artillery
        Washington (SC) Battery
        Chew's (VA) Battery
        Pelham's (VA) Battery

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 16682]

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