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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 37

Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division

7 AM 17 September to 10 AM 17 September

Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman, Commanding.
15th Massachusetts Infantry
1st Minnesota Infantry
34th New York Infantry
82nd New York Infantry
Massachusetts Sharpshooters (1st Co.)
Minnesota Sharpshooters (2nd Co.)

(September 17, 1862.)
   Gorman's Brigade led the advance of Sedgwick's Division in its assault upon the Confederate left. It passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the open ground to the south, entered the West Woods and had reached this point, when its advance was checked by Jackson's Command and the Artillery of Stuart's Division posted on the high ground to the northwest. After a severe contest in which its ammunition was nearly exhausted, its left flank was turned by McLaws' and Walker's Divisions and the Brigade was forced to retire northward to the fields beyond D.R. Miller's barn. The 34th New York was detached and occupied the woods immediately west of the Dunkard Church. This tablet marks the left center of the Brigade in its advance.

Location: east side of the Maryland Rt. 65 bypass, north of Confederate Avenue (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps
        15th Massachusetts Infantry
        Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company
        1st Minnesota Infantry
        Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company
        34th New York Infantry
        82nd New York Infantry (2nd Militia)

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 16778]

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