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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 371

Branch's Brigade, Hill's Light Division

3 PM 17 September to 7 AM 19 September


   In the advance of A. P. Hill's Division from the Antietam Furnace Road, on the afternoon of September 17th, Branch's Brigade supported the Brigades of Gregg and Archer.

It was engaged south of this point, and its commander, Brig. General Branch was killed in the southeast part of the field adjoining this on the south.

After the death of General Branch, the command devolved upon Colonel James H. Lane, of the 28th North Carolina, who relieved Toombs' Brigade of D. R. Jones' Division at this point.

The Brigade remained in this position until the morning of the 19th, when it recrossed the Potomac.

Location: west side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Branch's Brigade
        18th North Carolina Infantry
        28th North Carolina Infantry
        33rd North Carolina Infantry
        37th North Carolina Infantry
        7th North Carolina 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 16847]

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