Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 74, cont
Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division
6 AM 17 September to 9 AM 19 September
About 5 P.M., the 7th Maine, on the left of the Brigade, crossed Mumma's Lane, moved obliquely across the front of Brook's Brigade, charged over the Bloody Lane at this point, dispersed the Confederates in its front and in the orchard on its left and reached the low ground North of Piper's Barn, when the enemy from behind the stone fence on the Hagerstown Pike and the hill adjoining poured a severe fire on its right flank and front.
The regiment then obliqued to the left, passed through an opening in the fence into the orchard and to within 70 yards of Piper's House, here it was met by a withering fire from a column of the enemy moving down the hill east of the house and driven back through the orchard with great loss.
It reformed a short distance east of this point and returned to the position from which it had advanced.
At noon of the 18th, the Brigade was relieved by Cochrane's Brigade of Couch's Division.
Location: north side of the Bloody Lane, near the Mumma Farm Lane (Map 3)
Notes: This narrative continues from the previous tablet (No. 74) 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 16825]
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