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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 73

Brooks' Brigade, Smith's Division

6 AM 17 September to 9 AM 19 September

Brig. Gen. W.T.H. Brooks, Commanding.

2d, 3d, 4th, 5th and 6th Vermont Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   Brooks' Brigade left its camp in Pleasant Valley at 6 A.M. of the 17th, crossed the Antietam at Pry's Ford and reached the field about noon. It was ordered to the support of Sedgwick's Division, Second Corps, on the Union right but, before getting into position, was ordered to the support of French's Division and formed in Mumma's Cornfield, on ground vacated by the 14th Connecticut, its left connecting with French, its right resting on Mumma's Lane, facing south parallel to and about 170 yards from the Bloody Lane. It was subjected to a galling fire of both Artillery and Sharpshooters, causing some loss. It remained in this position until the morning of the 19th.

Location: north side of the Bloody Lane, near the Hagerstown Pike (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
        2nd Vermont Infantry
        3rd Vermont Infantry
        4th Vermont Infantry
        5th Vermont Infantry
        6th Vermont 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 16823]

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