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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 90

Second Brigade, Cavalry Division

6 AM 17 September to 8 PM 17 September

Col. John F. Farnsworth, 8th Illinois Cavalry,
8th Illinois, 3d Indiana, 1st Massachusetts, and
8th Pennsylvania Cavalry

(September 17, 1862.)
   The Second Brigade crossed the Middle Bridge under a severe fire of the Confederate Artillery posted on Cemetery Hill. The 8th Pennsylvania was thrown to the right to support the Artillery north of this road. The remaining Regiments took position in the ravine on the left between this point and the Antietam, where, in support to the Batteries in front, they remained until relieved by the advance of the Regular Infantry, when the entire Brigade was withdrawn. The 8th Illinois and 3d Indiana moved up the west bank of the creek and bivouacked in rear of the right wing of the Infantry line. The 8th Pennsylvania crossed the Middle Bridge, ascended the east bank of the Antietam, recrossed the stream near Neikirk's and bivouacked near the Illinois and Indiana Regiments. The 1st Massachusetts recrossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge and bivouacked near Keedysville.

Location: south side of the Boonsboro Pike, west of Rodman Avenue (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division
        8th Illinois Cavalry
        3rd Indiana Cavalry
        1st Massachusetts Cavalry
        8th Pennsylvania 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 16781]

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