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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 65

Rodman's Division, Ninth Army Corps

5 AM 17 September to 5 PM 17 September

Brig. Gen. Isaac P. Rodman, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   At daybreak on the 17th, Rodman's Division, supported by Ewing's Brigade of the Kanawha Division, was in position southeast of Burnside Bridge. During the forenoon the Division moved down the left bank of the Antietam, crossed at Snavely's Ford about 1 P.M., forced the right of Toombs' Brigade from the high ground above the ford and, ascending the right bank of the stream until nearly abreast the Burnside Bridge, formed a line on the left of Willcox's Division. About 3 P.M., the Division advanced; Fairchild's Brigade on the right, Harland's in echelon on the left with Ewing's Ohio Brigade in support. Fairchild gained the field northwest of this and, advancing northwardly, met the right of D.R. Jones' Division and, after a short and severe contest, compelled it to retire through the streets of Sharpsburg. One Regiment of Harland's Brigade gained the high ground northwest of this point; but the remaining two Regiments, while moving through the forty acre cornfield southeast of this, were attacked in flank, by the right of A.P. Hill's Division and compelled to retire to the cover of the high ground near the Bridge. The left of the line having been turned, Fairchild's Brigade was withdrawn to the Sharpsburg Road and thence to Burnside Bridge. During the engagement General Rodman was mortally wounded and the command of the Division devolved upon Col. Harland of the 8th Connecticut Infantry.

Location: east side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

3rd Division, IX Corps
    1st Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        103rd New York Infantry
        89th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry, Company K
    2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        11th Connecticut Infantry
        16th Connecticut Infantry
        8th Connecticut Infantry
        4th Rhode Island Infantry
    3rd Division, IX Corps Artillery
        5th United States Artillery, Battery A

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 16865]

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