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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 66

Fairchild's Brigade, Rodman's Division

7 AM 17 September to 5 PM 17 September

Col. H. S. Fairchild, 89th New York Infantry, Commanding.
9th New York Infantry (Hawkins' Zouaves), 89th New York Infantry,
103d New York Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   On the morning of the 17th, Fairchild's Brigade moved from its position southeast of the Burnside Bridge, down the left bank of the Antietam, which it crossed at Snavely's Ford about 1 P.M., and forced the right of Toombs' Brigade from its position on the high ground above the ford and, moving up the right bank of the creek, formed line on the left of Willcox's Division a short distance northwest of the bridge. About 3 P.M. the Brigade, under a heavy fire of Artillery from Cemetery Hill and the adjacent heights, advanced from the ridge 450 yards east of this, reached the open fields west and gained the high ground about 400 yards northwest of this point, forcing the Brigades of Kemper and Drayton through the streets of Sharpsburg. Its position being endangered by the advance of A.P. Hill on its left and rear, it was withdrawn by the ravines to the Sharpsburg Road and thence to the bank of the Antietam near the Burnside Bridge.

Location: east side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        103rd New York Infantry
        89th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry
        9th New York Infantry, Company K

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 16867]

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