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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 357

McLaws' Division, Longstreet's Command

11 AM 16 September to 9 PM 18 September

Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   McLaws' Division left Harpers Ferry on the forenoon of September 16th, crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford about daybreak of the 17th, and halted in the western suburbs of Sharpsburg at sunrise.

At about 9 A.M., it moved across the fields northwest of the town and deployed on the rising ground south and west of this point, the right near the Hagerstown Pike, nearly opposite the Bloody Lane, the left extending about 250 yards northwest of the Hauser house. Supported on the right by Walker's Division and Armistead's Brigade and on the left by Jackson's Command, Geo. T. Anderson's Brigade and Stuart's Cavalry, the Division encountered the left flank and front of Sedgwick's advancing Division and forced it back to the fields and woods beyond D.R. Miller's.

An effort to advance east of the Hagerstown Pike was checked by Greene's Division of the Twelfth Corps, aided by the destructive fire of the Federal Artillery, and the Division reformed behind the ledges of rock running north from this point, where it remained until withdrawn to recross the Potomac on the night of the 18th.

Location: south side of Confederate Avenue (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

McLaws' Division
    Barksdale's Brigade
        13th Mississippi Infantry
        17th Mississippi Infantry
        18th Mississippi Infantry
        21st Mississippi Infantry
    Cobb's Brigade
        16th Georgia Infantry
        24th Georgia Infantry
        Cobb's (GA) Legion, Infantry Battalion
        15th North Carolina Infantry
    Kershaw's Brigade
        2nd South Carolina Infantry
        3rd South Carolina Infantry
        7th South Carolina Infantry
        8th South Carolina Infantry
    McLaws' Division Artillery
        Pulaski (GA) Artillery
        Troup (GA) Artillery
        Manly's (NC) Battery
        Richmond (Fayette) Artillery
        Richmond Howitzers, 1st Company
    Semmes' Brigade
        10th Georgia Infantry
        53rd Georgia Infantry
        15th Virginia Infantry
        32nd Virginia 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 16795]

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