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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 383

Hays' Brigade, Ewell's Division

10 PM 16 September to 8 AM 17 September

Brigadier General Harry T. Hays, Commanding.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 14th Louisiana Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   On the night of September 16, Hays' Brigade bivouacked in the woods northwest of the Dunkard Church. Soon after daylight on the 17th, with about 550 men, it moved through the woods, crossed the Hagerstown Pike 120 yards north of the Church and advanced eastward to fill a gap between the Brigades of Lawton and Trimble, but was halted and, after a short wait in the open field northeast of the Church was ordered to the support of Lawton's Brigade, then fiercely engaged about 150 yards south of this point. It advanced beyond Lawton's line, penetrated the Cornfield, and came under an enfilading fire from several Union Batteries, and from Infantry in front and on the left, west of the Pike, by which its force was reduced by more than half. It was obliged to fall back out of the Cornfield to the high ground about 70 yards south of this, where it was relieved by Wofford's Brigade, of Hood's Division and thence withdrawn to the fields southwest of the Dunkard Church. Of the 550 engaged, 323 were killed or wounded.

Location: south side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Hays' Brigade
        14th Louisiana Infantry
        5th Louisiana Infantry
        6th Louisiana Infantry
        7th Louisiana Infantry
        8th Louisiana 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 16733]

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