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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 345

Toombs' Brigade, Jones' Division

6 PM 15 September to 5 PM 17 September

Brigadier General Robert Toombs, Commanding.
2d, 15th, 17th and 20th Georgia Infantry

(September 15-17, 1862.)
   Toombs' Brigade took position on the evening of September 15, on the bluff commanding the Burnside Bridge and ford a short distance below. His skirmishers and several Batteries of Artillery engaged the enemy during the afternoon of the 16th. On the morning of the 17th the Brigade was exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy's Artillery on the opposite side of the Antietam. Between 9 A.M. and noon the enemy made several attempts to carry the bridge, but failed. An assault at 1 P.M. was successful and the Brigade fell back and formed line in this road, on the extreme right of the Division and co-operated with Archer's Brigade of A.P. Hill's Division in checking any further advance of the enemy.

Location: east side of the Harpers Ferry Road (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Toombs' Brigade
        15th Georgia Infantry
        17th Georgia Infantry
        20th Georgia Infantry
        2nd Georgia 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 16774]

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