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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 327

Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command

2 PM 16 September to 10 PM 16 September

Brigadier General John B. Hood, Commanding.

(September 16, 1862.)
   On the afternoon of September 16, Hood's Division was in the fields east of the Dunkard Church. On the approach of the First (Hooker's) Corps, Army of the Potomac, the Division moved to the left and formed line, its left on the Hagerstown Pike and extending along the south edge of Miller's Cornfield into the East Woods. The 4th Texas, of Wofford's Brigade, deployed as skirmishers over half a mile in advance, encountered the advance of Meade's Division and was forced back from the North Woods, but, reenforced on the right by the 5th Texas, and supported by Law's Brigade, held the East Woods until darkness put an end to the engagement. In this engagement the Infantry was supported by Lane's Battery of Georgia Artillery a few yards south of this, two guns of Rhett's (S. C.) Battery, between Mumma's House and the Smoketown Road, one gun of Cutt's Artillery Battalion on the Pike west of this and Poague's Rockbridge (Va.) Battery, of Jackson's Division, about 30 yards west of the Pike, all of which engaged the Union Batteries on the high ground north and east of D. R. Miller's. Col. Liddel, 11th MIssissippi, of Law's Brigade was mortally wounded. About 10 P. M. the Division was relieved by Lawton's and Trimble's Brigades, of Ewell's Division, and withdrew to the woods west of the Dunkard Church.

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 16685]

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