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:
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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