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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 9

Christian's Brigade, Ricketts' Division

6 AM 17 September to 8 AM 17 September

Col. W. A. Christian, 26th New York, Commanding.
26th and 94th New York, 88th and 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

(September 17, 1862.)
   Christian's Brigade advanced from the Poffenberger Woods in support of Hartsuff's left. The 90th Pennsylvania was detached to support Matthew's Pennsylvania Battery in the field between D. R. Miller's and the East Woods, but soon thereafter rejoined the Brigade, which moved through the East Woods and came into line on either side of the Smoketown Road, the 26th and 94th New York forming on the west edge of the East Woods, south of the Smoketown Road. The 88th Pennsylvania fought on the line of, and finally relieved, the 83rd New York, which was the left of Hartsuff's Brigade, the 90th Pennsylvania relieving the right of Hartsuff and charging about 40 yards beyond it. The Brigade fought until its ammunition was nearly exhausted when it was relieved by the advance of the Twelfth Corps. This tablet marks the point reached by the 90th Pennsylvania.

Location: north side of Cornfield Avenue (Map 1)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
        26th New York Infantry
        94th New York Infantry
        88th Pennsylvania Infantry
        90th Pennsylvania 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 16701]

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