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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 8

Duryea's Brigade, Ricketts' Division

6 AM 17 September to 8 AM 17 September

Brigadier General Abram Duryea, Commanding.
97th, 104th, 105th New York and 107th Pennsylvania Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   Early in the morning Duryea's Brigade moved from its bivouac in the Poffenberger Woods, on the Smoketown Road. Forming in column of Divisions it obliqued right until near J. Poffenberger's when it marched south through the North Woods, passed the right of Hartsuff's Brigade and between Pennsylvania Light Battery F (Matthews') and Pennsylvania Light Battery C (Thompson's), in position on the high ground between D. R. Miller's and the East Woods. Arriving at the Cornfield fence the Brigade deployed and moved through the Cornfield to its south edge (75 yards distant) when it encountered the Confederate line, which was about 145 to 160 yards south of this. In less than a half hour the left of the Brigade was withdrawn, the right remained a few minutes longer when it fell back. Portions of the Brigade rallied and made another advance part way through the Cornfield, but fell back as Hartsuff's Brigade came into action.

Location: north side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
        104th New York Infantry
        105th New York Infantry
        97th New York Infantry
        107th Pennsylvania Infantry
    2nd Division, I Corps Artillery
        1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery F
        Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery C

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 16699]

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