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Antietam Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 44

Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps

9 AM 17 September to 2 PM 17 September

U.S.A.
RICHARDSON'S DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS
Maj. Gen. Israel Richardson, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   Richardson's Division crossed the Antietam at Pry's Ford about 9:30 A.M., and advanced to the ravine behind the high ground overlooking Roulette's house, where it formed line of battle as follows: Meagher's Brigade on the right, Caldwell's on the left and Brooke's in reserve. The Division advanced on French's left and engaged the enemy near this point. After a stubborn and varying contest of two hours the enemy was forced back from the Bloody Lane, to and beyond the Hagerstown Pike. Near the close of the action Major General Richardson was mortally wounded.

He was succeeded in command by Brig. Gen. W.S. Hancock and the Division was withdrawn, from its advanced position, to the high ground north of this road where it remained through the day.

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

 

Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

1st Division, II Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps
        5th New Hampshire Infantry
        61st New York Infantry
        64th New York Infantry
        7th New York Infantry
        81st Pennsylvania Infantry
    1st Division, II Corps Artillery
        1st New York Light Artillery, Battery B
        4th United States Artillery, Batteries A and C
    2nd Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps
        29th Massachusetts Infantry
        63rd New York Infantry
        69th New York Infantry
        88th New York Infantry
    3rd Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps
        2nd Delaware Infantry
        52nd New York Infantry
        57th New York Infantry
        66th New York Infantry
        53rd Pennsylvania Infantry

Source: Antietam Battlefield Board, Antietam Battlefield Board 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)

 

Notes

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 16816]

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