site logo

Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 358

Barksdale's Brigade, McLaws' Division

5 AM 17 September to 9 PM 18 September

Brig. Gen. William Barksdale, Commanding.
13th, 17th, 18th and 21st Mississippi Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   Barksdale's Brigade crossed the Potomac at Blackford's Ford about daybreak of the 17th and halted in the western suburbs of Sharpsburg until nearly 9 A.M. It then advanced to the rising ground southwest of this point and formed line in the left center of McLaws' Division, Kershaw on the right and Semmes on the left.

In the general advance of the Division it encountered the enemy's line at the edge of the West Woods at this point and, supported by Ransom's Brigade of Walker's Division, forced it back through the woods to the fields beyond, where it was checked by the destructive fire of the Federal Artillery and compelled to retire to the protection of the hill and ledges of rock in this vicinity.

Later in the day the Brigade reoccupied a portion of the ground from which it had been driven and, with Ransom on the right and Early on the left, held the position until the night of the 18th when it recrossed the Potomac.

Location: west side of the Philadelphia Brigade Park (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Barksdale's Brigade
        13th Mississippi Infantry
        17th Mississippi Infantry
        18th Mississippi Infantry
        21st Mississippi 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 16796]

« back to Tablet Index