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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 86

4th US Infantry, Fifth Army Corps

2 PM 17 September to 8 PM 17 September


   The Fourth United States Infantry, Captain Hiram Dryer commanding, crossing the Antietam between 2 and 3 P.M., of September 17, 1862, advanced to with in a few feet of this point. Three Companies under command of Lieut. C.H. Carlton were deployed as skirmishers and moving on the high ground in the direction of Sharpsburg became sharply engaged with those of the enemy. The skirmishers were withdrawn about sunset, and shortly after, the regiment retired across the Antietam. This tablet marks the center of the advanced line.

Location: east side of Richardson Avenue, north of the Boonsboro Pike (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        4th 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 16878]

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