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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 38

Dana's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division

7 AM 17 September to 12 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. N.J.T. Dana, Commanding.
19th Massachusetts Infantry,
20th Massachusetts Infantry,
7th Michigan Infantry,
42nd New York Infantry,
59th New York Infantry.

(September 17, 1862.)
   Dana's Brigade, following Gorman's in column of attack, passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the Hagerstown Pike, about 50 yards in rear of Gorman, and entered the West Woods, where its advance was checked about 40 yards east of this point.

Its left flank having been attacked and turned, by McLaws' and Walker's Divisions, it was compelled to retire.

A portion of the Brigade, with the 1st Minnesota Infantry, occupied a line near the Nicodemus house which it held for a time until, its flank having been again turned, it retired to the woods and fields east of the Hagerstown Pike.

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


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps
        19th Massachusetts Infantry
        20th Massachusetts Infantry
        7th Michigan Infantry
        42nd New York Infantry
        59th New York 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 16779]

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