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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 67

Harland's Brigade, Rodman's Division

7 AM 17 September to 5 PM 17 September

Col. Edward Harland, 8th Connecticut Infantry, Commanding.
8th, 11th, and 16th Connecticut Infantry,
4th Rhode Island Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   On the morning of the 17th, Harland's Brigade moved from its position southeast of Burnside Bridge. The 11th Connecticut, deployed as skirmishers, preceded Crook's Brigade in its assault on the bridge and was repulsed with great loss. During the forenoon the remaining Regiments of the Brigade moved down the left bank of the Antietam, crossed at Snavely's Ford and, moving up the right bank of the stream, formed line on the left of the Division, Ewing's Ohio Brigade in support. At about 3 P.M., the Brigade advanced in the direction of Sharpsburg. The 8th Connecticut passed to the west of this point and the 16th Connecticut and 4th Rhode Island were in the 40 acre cornfield east, when they 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.

Location: east side of Branch Avenue (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
        11th Connecticut Infantry
        16th Connecticut Infantry
        8th Connecticut Infantry
        4th Rhode Island 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 16869]

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