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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 347

Drayton's Brigade, Jones' Division

11 AM 15 September to 4 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Drayton, Commanding.
50th Georgia Infantry, 51st Georgia Infantry,
15th South Carolina Infantry

(September 15 - 17, 1862.)
   Drayton's Brigade reached Sharpsburg about 11 A.M., September 15th and was posted on the southwest slope of Cemetery Hill. Late in the day it was moved to the rear of the high ground northwest of this point and formed on the left of Kemper's Brigade. On the 16th the 50th Georgia was detached and sent to the support of Toombs' Brigade at the Burnside Bridge. The Brigade was exposed to artillery fire on the 16th and 17th from the enemy's long range guns beyond the Antietam. About 3 P.M., of the 17th, the enemy, having forced a crossing at and below the bridge, attacked the Brigade and forced it back to the streets of the town. It soon reformed and joined by Garnett's Brigade, cooperated with Kemper and Toombs in checking the further advance of the enemy.

Location: west side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Drayton's Brigade
        50th Georgia Infantry
        51st Georgia Infantry
        Phillips (GA) Legion's Infantry Battalion
        15th South Carolina Infantry
        3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion

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 16673]

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