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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 6

Gibbon's Brigade, Doubleday's Division

6 AM 17 September to 9 AM 17 September

Brigadier General John Gibbon, Commanding.
2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin and 19th Indiana Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   On the morning of the 17th, with its right on the Hagerstown Pike, Gibbon's Brigade, which three days before had earned the title of the "Iron Brigade", advanced in the direction of the Dunkard Church. When 135 yards north of this point Confederates, deployed under cover of the ledge and woods west of the pike attacked the flank, upon which the 19th Indiana and 7th Wisconsin were deployed on the plateau and in the woods west of the pike and the 2nd and 6th Wisconsin in the infamous Cornfield east of it. Battery B, 4th U. S. Artillery, went into position west of the pike and a few yards south of Miller's barn. Supported by Patrick's Brigade and the Battery on the right and Phelps' Brigade on the left, Gibbon's Brigade advanced to and south of this point but was forced back. Charge and countercharge of the most deadly character were made across the open plateau west of and in the Cornfield and ground south of it, east of the pike, and the Iron Brigade was compelled to retire to the field north of D. R. Miller's and then to the cover of the high ground north and east of Joseph Poffenberger's.

Location: north side of Starke Avenue near the Hagerstown Pike (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        4th United States Artillery, Battery B
    4th Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps
        19th Indiana Infantry
        2nd Wisconsin Infantry
        6th Wisconsin Infantry
        7th Wisconsin 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 16690]

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