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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 58

Sturgis' Division, Ninth Army Corps

9 PM 16 September to 5 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. Samuel G. Sturgis, Commanding.

(September 16-17, 1862.)
   On the night of September 16th Sturgis' Division bivouacked on the eastern slope of the ridge bordering the east bank of the Antietam to the left of this point. On the morning of the 17th Durell's Pennsylvania Battery and Battery E, 4th U.S. Artillery (Clark's) were put in position on the left of Battery I, 5th U.S. Artillery (Weed's) and on the right of Battery E, 2d U.S. Artillery (Benjamin's) and engaged the enemy guns west of the Antietam. The 2d Maryland and the 6th New Hampshire supported by the other Regiments of Nagle's Brigade made an unsuccessful attempt to carry the bridge. At 1 P.M. Ferrero's Brigade carried the bridge and the entire Division crossed and occupied the high ground beyond, supported on the right by Crook's Kanawha Division.

In the general advance of the Ninth Corps on Sharpsburg the Division was held in reserve. Late in the afternoon Nagle's Brigade was sent to the support of Rodman's Division on the left and, after a severe contest, succeeded in checking the right of A.P. Hill's Division.

Ferrero's Brigade was sent in support of Willcox's Division on the right and advanced to Otto's farm lane.

Location: east end of the Lower (Burnside) Bridge (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Division, IX Corps Artillery
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery E
2nd Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps
        2nd Maryland Infantry
        6th New Hampshire Infantry
        9th New Hampshire Infantry
        48th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps
        21st Massachusetts Infantry
        35th Massachusetts Infantry
        51st New York Infantry
        51st Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Division, IX Corps Artillery
        Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery D
        4th United States Artillery, Battery E
    2nd Division, V Corps Artillery
        5th United States Artillery, Battery I

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 16762]

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