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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 356

Jenkins' Brigade, Jones' Division

11 AM 15 September to 5 AM 19 September

Col. Joseph Walker, Palmetto (S.C.) Sharpshooters, Commanding.
1st South Carolina Infantry,   6th South Carolina Infantry
2d South Carolina Rifles,    4th South Carolina Battalion,
5th South Carolina Infantry,   Palmetto (S.C.) Sharpshooters

(September 15-17, 1862.)
   Jenkins' Brigade reached Sharpsburg at 11 A.M. September 15th. and took position on the high ground west of the Cemetery. Late in the evening it moved to the high ground west of the Burnside Bridge Road, where it remained under artillery fire until 3 P.M. of the 17th, when it returned to its first position in support of Moody's and Squire's Batteries.

It then advanced to the apple orchard and to the stone house and mill, about 250 yards north of this point, where it engaged the Federal line, which had reached this elevation. After the withdrawal of the enemy, the Brigade advanced its skirmishers over this ground to the crest of the hill overlooking the low ground and a belt of woodland bordering the Antietam. The Brigade was relieved by Fitzhugh Lee's Cavalry Brigade during the night of the 18th and at sunrise of the 19th crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford.

Location: west side of Rodman Avenue near the Burnside Bridge Road (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Jenkins' Brigade
        1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry
        2nd South Carolina Rifles
        4th South Carolina Infantry Battalion
        5th South Carolina Infantry
        6th South Carolina Infantry
        Palmetto (SC) 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 16866]

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