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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 319

Lee's Brigade, Stuart's Cavalry Division

5 PM 15 September to 12 PM 19 September

Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, Commanding.
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th Virginia Cavalry

(September 15-19, 1862.)
   The 3rd, 4th and 9th Virginia Cavalry of Lee's Brigade reached the field late in the afternoon of the 15th and took position on the extreme left of the Confederate Army. The 5th Cavalry, detached from the Brigade, September 11, formed on the extreme right of the Army on the evening of the 15th and, on the morning of the 16th, rejoined the Brigade on the left. On the night of the 16th the Brigade was massed near the river in support of the Horse Artillery. The 1st Cavalry, detached on the 10th, rejoined on the morning of the 17th and the Brigade took position on the left of Jackson's Command, which it assisted in resisting the Union advance. On September 18th and 19th the Brigade covered the withdrawal of the Army of Northern Virginia to the south bank of the Potomac.

Location: west side of the Maryland Rt. 65 bypass, north of Confederate Avenue (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Lee's Brigade
        1st Virginia Cavalry
        3rd Virginia Cavalry
        4th Virginia Cavalry
        5th Virginia Cavalry
        9th Virginia Cavalry

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 16807]

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