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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 91

Third Brigade, Cavalry Division

6 AM 17 September to 3 PM 17 September

Col. Richard H. Rush, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry,
4th and 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

(September 17, 1862.)
   The Third Brigade supported Battery "A" (Tidball's) 2d U.S. Artillery in its advance, piece by piece, to the crest of the ridge in front, by deploying on either side of this road, - the 4th Pennsylvania on the right, and the 6th on the left - and forcing back the Confederate skirmishers. Col. James A. Childs, commanding 4th Regiment, when on the road a few yards east of this point, was mortally wounded by a rifled shot. The Brigade was relieved by the advance of the Regular Infantry late in the afternoon.

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


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division
        4th Pennsylvania Cavalry
        6th 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 16782]

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