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Battle Map 15

The Charge of the 7th Maine at Piper's Farm (5-5:30 pm)

5:00 O'Clock P. M., 17 September 1862

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The Situation: His brigade commander ordered Major Hyde and his small regiment, the 7th Maine Infantry, to clear the Piper Farm buildings of sharpshooters who were annoying one of his artillery batteries. It was an ill-considered order, as there were significant numbers of Confederate troops - parts of at least 3 brigades - on the farm. Major Hyde and his men made the charge but suffered very high casualties, and returned to their starting point with little gained.


Units on this Map:

14th Connecticut Infantry
Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A
5th Maine Infantry
7th Maine Infantry
New Jersey Light Artillery, Battery A
108th New York Infantry
16th New York Infantry
20th New York Infantry
33rd New York Infantry
49th New York Infantry
77th New York Infantry
130th Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery G
1st United States Artillery, Battery K
2nd United States Artillery, Battery A
2nd United States Artillery, Battery D
5th United States Artillery, Battery F

11th Georgia Infantry
1st Georgia (Regulars) Infantry
7th Georgia Infantry
8th Georgia Infantry
9th Georgia Infantry
2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion
Brooks (SC) Artillery
1st Texas Infantry
Long Island (VA) Battery
Morris' Louisa (VA) Artillery
Richmond 'Orange' (VA) Artillery
Wise (VA) Legion Artillery, Company D

Source: The Antietam Battlefield Board.1

More on the Web: See Major Hyde's narrative of the charge of the 7th Maine in a post over on the blog.


1   The battlefield position studies by the Antietam Battlefield Board (1904, 1908) are described in the Atlas, which is available online from the Library of Congress.
Cope, Lieut. Col. E. B., and H. W. Mattern, Charles H. Ourand, Gen. E. A. Carman, Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1908  [AotW citation 29224]

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