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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 87

4th US and 1st Battalion/12th US Infantry

7 AM 16 September to 12 PM 17 September


   At 10 A.M., September 16, 1862, four Companies of the Fourth United States Infantry crossed the Stone Bridge over the Antietam at this point and took position behind the rock ledge and barn on the left of the road and under the bank on the right. At noon two companies were thrown out as skirmishers and advanced on either side of the road to the high ground about 350 yards west, to hold in check the advance of the enemy. At sunset the Fourth was relieved by the First Battalion, Twelfth Infantry. At noon of the 17th several Battalions of Regular Infantry, Pleasanton's Cavalry Division and Horse Batteries crossed the Bridge and moved in the direction of Sharpsburg, the Twelfth Infantry acting as a support to the Artillery and advancing with it.

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


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        12th United States Infantry, First Battalion
        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 16868]

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