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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 82

3rd US Infantry, Fifth Army Corps

3 PM 15 September to 8 AM 19 September

Captain John D. Wilkins, Commanding.

(September 15-19, 1862.)
   On the afternoon of September 15 the 3rd U.S. Infantry was deployed as skirmishers on the crest of the ridge, on either side of the road at this point, overlooking the Antietam and the bridge.

It remained in this position until about 10 A.M. of the 16th, when it was relieved by the advance of the 4th U.S. Infantry across the bridge.

It then retired to the reserve at the eastern base of the ridge, where it remained until the morning of the 19th when it advanced to Sharpsburg.

Location: south side of the Boonsboro Pike, just east of the Middle Bridge (Map 5)


Notes: This tablet is missing from the battlefield. Text is from Battlefield Board records.


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

Fifth (V) Army Corps
2nd Division, V Corps
    1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps
        3rd United States 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 16746]

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