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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 387

Kershaw's Brigade, McLaws' Division

9 AM 17 September to 10 AM 17 September

Brig. Gen. J.B. Kershaw, Commanding.
2d, 3d, 7th and 8th South Carolina Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   About 9:45 A.M., the 2d, 7th and 8th South Carolina of Kershaw's Brigade charged out of the woods and across this road upon Tompkins' Rhode Island Battery on the ridge about 220 yards east of this. The charge was repulsed by the Battery and Greene's Division of Infantry, and the Brigade fell back beyond the western limits of the West Woods. Nearly one half of the officers and men of the Brigade were killed and wounded in less than fifteen minutes.

This tablet marks where the center of the Brigade crossed the road, its left reached nearly to the church.

Location: west side of the Hagerstown Pike south of the Dunkard Church (Map 2)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    Kershaw's Brigade
        2nd South Carolina Infantry
        3rd South Carolina Infantry
        7th South Carolina Infantry
        8th South 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 16799]

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