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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 379

Early's Brigade, Ewell's Division

6 AM 17 September to 9 PM 18 September

Brig. Gen Jubal A. Early, Commanding.
13th, 25th, 31st, 44th, 49th, 52nd and 58th Virginia Infantry

(September 17-18, 1862    No. 2.)
   After supporting Jackson's Division in repulsing the right of the First Army Corps on the plateau west of the Hagerstown Pike, Early's Brigade, moving through the West Woods and along their western edge to this point, advanced east and, in co-operation with portions of McLaws' Division, drove the 125th Pennsylvania and 34th New York from the woods near the church. Then, wheeling to the left, supported by the Brigades of Semmes, Anderson and Barksdale, and portions of Jackson's Division, struck the flank of Sedgwick's Division and forced it to retire from the field. The Brigade was then reformed and withdrawn to the position occupied by it in the morning and, later in the day, moved to the northern part of the West Woods, where it remained until the night of the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:

    Early's Brigade
        13th Virginia Infantry
        25th Virginia Infantry
        31st Virginia Infantry
        44th Virginia Infantry
        49th Virginia Infantry
        52nd Virginia Infantry
        58th Virginia 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 16800]

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