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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 40

French's Division, Second Army Corps

8 AM 17 September to 2 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. William H. French, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   French's Division crossed the Antietam at Pry's Ford about 8:30 A.M., and marched in columns by Brigades, Kimball on the right, Morris in the center, and Weber on the left. After advancing about one mile the Division faced to the left, passed through meadows to Roulette's House, near which it encountered the enemy and pushed them back to the Bloody Lane, where its advance was checked by a portion of D.H. Hill's Division.

A desperate contest ensued, lasting until 1 o'clock, when, supported by Richardson's Division on the left, a charge was made and the enemy forced to retire to Piper's Lane and the fields beyond.

French's Division bivouacked beyond the ridge north of this point.

Location: north side of the Bloody Lane (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

3rd Division, II Corps
    1st Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps
        14th Indiana Infantry
        8th Ohio Infantry
        132nd Pennsylvania Infantry
        7th West Virginia Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps
        14th Connecticut Infantry
        108th New York Infantry
        130th Pennsylvania Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps
        1st Delaware Infantry
        5th Maryland Infantry
        4th New York Infantry
    3rd Division, II Corps Artillery
        1st New York Light Artillery, Battery G
        1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery B
        1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery G

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 16812]

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