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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 362

Ransom's Brigade, Walker's Division

3 PM 16 September to 12 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. Robert Ransom, Jr., Commanding.
24th, 25th, 35th and 49th North Carolina Infantry
Branch's (Va.) Battery, Field Artillery

(September 17, 1862.)
   Ransom's Brigade reached Sharpsburg during the afternoon of September 16th, and was held in reserve until daybreak of the 17th, when it took position on the extreme right observing Snavely's Ford. Between 8 and 9 A.M., it moved to the left and supported McLaws in his attack on Sedgwick's Division. Arriving abreast the southwest edge of the West Woods, it advanced northwardly until opposite this point, when it wheeled to the right and encountered the enemy at the Poffenberger buildings and on the high ground to the east.

Attacked on the flank and in the front the Federal line was compelled to retire. The Brigade followed in pursuit until, near the Hagerstown Pike, it was checked by the destructive fire of the Federal Artillery, and sought shelter in the undulations of the ground.

Location: east side of the Route 65 bypass, south of Starke Avenue (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Ransom's Brigade
        24th North Carolina Infantry
        25th North Carolina Infantry
        35th North Carolina Infantry
        49th North Carolina Infantry
        Branch's Petersburg (VA) Field Artillery

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 16803]

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