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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 324

Wofford's Brigade, Hood's Division

7 AM 17 September to 10 AM 17 September

C.S.A.
LONGSTREET'S COMMAND
WOFFORD'S BRIGADE, HOOD'S DIVISION
Col. W.T. Wofford, 18th Georgia, Commanding.
Organization.
Hampton (S.C.) Legion, 18th Georgia, 1st, 4th and 5th
Texas Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   At 7 A.M., Wofford's Brigade, advancing from the woods in rear of the Dunkard Church, crossed the Hagerstwon Pike near the church and, moving north, its left (Hampton Legion) resting on the Pike, relieved Lawton's and Hays' Brigades of Ewell's Division, about 145 to 160 yards south of this and engaged the Union line in the cornfield about 75 yards north of this road. The 5th Texas was sent to the assistance of Law's Brigade on the right. The four remaining Regiments maintained a contest rarely equalled in warfare. They penetrated the cornfield, the 1st Texas advancing to its northern edge, but their advance was checked. After losing more than one half its numbers, the Brigade fell back to the fields southwest of the Dunkard Church, and was not again engaged. The Brigade went into action numbering 854; its loss in killed, wounded and missing was 560. The 1st Texas carried into action 226 officers and men, of whom 186 were killed or wounded.

Location: south side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)

 

Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Hood's Brigade
        18th Georgia Infantry
        Hampton (SC) Legion
        1st Texas Infantry
        4th Texas Infantry
        5th Texas Infantry

Source: The Antietam Battlefield Board1

Notes

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 16793]

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