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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 89

First Brigade, Cavalry Division

12 PM 17 September to 7 PM 18 September

Major Charles J. Whiting, 2d U.S. Cavalry, Commanding.

5th and 6th United States Cavalry

(September 17, 1862.)
   The Fifth United States Cavalry, Captain Joseph H. McArthur, commanding, crossed the Middle Bridge over the Antietam shortly before noon and took position on the right of the road, its left resting at this point, in support to the Artillery in its front. It was withdrawn across the creek late in the day.

The Sixth United States Cavalry, Captain William P. Sanders, commanding, was detached and deployed in skirmishing order, as a Provost Guard, in rear of the right wing of the Army of the Potomac.

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


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Brigade, Cavalry Division
        5th United States Cavalry
        6th United States Cavalry

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 16828]

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