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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 69

Nagle's Brigade, Sturgis' Division

6 AM 17 September to 5 PM 17 September

Brigadier-General James Nagle, Commanding. Organization.
2nd Maryland, 6th and 9th New Hampshire and
48th Pennsylvania Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   At daylight of the 17th Nagle's Brigade was about a half mile northeast of this point. It moved to the south and, at 10 A.M., was formed for assault on the bridge. The 2nd Maryland took position in the old lane 110 yards southeast of this point, and the remainder of the Brigade under cover of the hill and in rear of the 2nd Maryland. At 11 A.M. the 2nd Maryland, closely followed by the 6th New Hampshire, both moving by the flank, charged down the hill under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry. They passed through the opening in the fence at this point and reached within 250 feet of the bridge, when their advance was checked. Many of the men took shelter behind the fences and trees bordering the stream, and supported Ferrero's Brigade in its successful assault. The Brigade then crossed the bridge, filed to the left, and occupied the high ground beyond. Late in the day it moved forward and co-operated in checking the advance of the right of A.P. Hill's Division.

Location: 250 yards southeast of the Lower (Burnside) Bridge (Map 4)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, IX Corps
        2nd Maryland Infantry
        6th New Hampshire Infantry
        9th New Hampshire Infantry
        48th Pennsylvania 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 16763]

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