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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 62

Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps

9 PM 16 September to 6 PM 18 September

Brig. Gen. Orlando B. Willcox, Commanding.

(September 16-17, 1862.)
   On the night of September 16th Willcox's Division was held in reserve behind the ridge on the east bank of the Antietam, about one mile from the Burnside Bridge. On the afternoon of the 17th the Division crossed the bridge and, relieving Sturgis' Division, formed on the right of the line with Crook's Brigade in support.

In the general advance of the Ninth Corps on Sharpsburg, the Division moved on either side of the road from the bridge to the town until the center reached this elevation, when, the left flank of the Corps having been turned, the Division was withdrawn to the banks of the Antietam, where it remained until the evening of the 18th, when it was relieved by Morell's Division of the Fifth Army Corps.

A section of the 8th Massachusetts Battery, under Lieut. John N. Coffin, accompanied the Division in its advance and went into position in Otto's orchard about 350 yards south of this point.

Location: east side of Rodman Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

1st Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps
        28th Massachusetts Infantry
        17th Michigan Infantry
        79th New York Infantry
        50th Pennsylvania Infantry
    1st Division, IX Corps Artillery
        Massachusetts Light Artillery, 8th Battery
        2nd United States Artillery, Battery E
    2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps
        8th Michigan Infantry
        46th New York Infantry
        100th Pennsylvania Infantry
        45th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Brigade, Kanawha Division, IX Corps
        Schambeck's Company, Chicago Dragoons
        Kentucky Light Artillery, Simmonds' Battery
        11th Ohio Infantry
        28th Ohio Infantry
        36th Ohio 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 16766]

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