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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 32

Phelps' Brigade, Doubleday's Division

5 AM 17 September to 9 AM 17 September

Colonel Walter Phelps, 22nd New York Infantry, Commanding.
22nd, 24th, 30th and 84th New York Infantry,
and 2nd U. S. Sharpshooters

(September 17, 1862.)
   Phelps' Brigade formed line at 5:30 A. M. on September 17, and moved in support of Gibbon's Brigade. When Gibbon deployed, 135 yards north of this in the Cornfield and on the plateau west of the Hagerstown Pike, Phelps' Brigade (425 officers and men) halted 25 paces in his rear, in the Cornfield. After Gibbon advanced and became heavily engaged on both sides of the Pike, Phelps moved to the support of his left and fought on this ground. The subsequent movements of this Brigade conformed to those of Gibbon. After heavy loss it retired to the fields north of D. R. Miller's and thence beyond the Poffenberger Lane.

Location: north side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        22nd New York Infantry
        24th New York Infantry
        30th New York Infantry
        84th New York Infantry/14th Brooklyn
        2nd United States Sharpshooters

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 16691]

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