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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 74

Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division

6 AM 17 September to 9 AM 19 September

Col. William H. Irwin, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Commanding.

7th Maine Infantry
20th 33d, 49th and 77th New York Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   Irwin's Brigade came on the field about noon of the 17th, and formed across the Smoketown Road in rear of a line of Artillery.

After an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Confederate line south of the Dunkard Church, the Brigade rallied behind the ridge east of the Hagerstown Pike and between it and Mumma's Lane, the left of the Brigade resting a few yards west of the lane, where it was exposed to a severe fire of Artillery and Sharpshooters.

Location: north side of the Bloody Lane, near the Mumma Farm Lane (Map 3)


Notes: This narrative continues on a second tablet (No. 74, cont.) placed directly adjacent.


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
        7th Maine Infantry
        20th New York Infantry
        33rd New York Infantry
        49th New York Infantry
        77th New York 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 16824]

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