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Jackson's Command

Hays’ Brigade, Ewell's Division

 
 
Hays' Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Hays' Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Jackson's Command.
Hays' Brigade, Ewell's Division.

Brig. Gen. Harry T. Hays, Commanding.
Organization.
5th Louisiana Infantry,
6th Louisiana Infantry,
7th Louisiana Infantry,
8th Louisiana Infantry,
14th Louisiana Infantry.
September 16-17, 1862.

Hays' Brigade encamped on the night of the 16th in the woods northwest of the Dunkard Church. Soon after daylight of the 17th, it advanced and, near this point, crossed the Hagerstown Road to fill an interval between the brigades of Lawton and Trimble. After a short halt in the open fields south of the Cornfield, it was ordered to the support of Lawton's Brigade. It advanced into the Cornfield about 150 yards beyond Lawton, where, having lost more than one-half its numbers, it was relieved by Wofford's Brigade of Hood's Division and withdrawn to the fields south-west of the Dunkard Church.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 342.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.596′ N, 77° 44.82′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road
Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Jackson's Command Marker
/ Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); 59th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away); Maryland State Monument (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away); Destroy the Rebel Army (about 400 feet away); Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away); Dunkard Church (about 500 feet away); Twelfth Army Corps (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow Hays' Brigade by Tablets.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Hays' Brigade. One of the more colorful Civil War organizations, Hays' Louisiana Brigade. In addition to the listed infantry regiments,
Hays' Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Hays' Brigade Tablet
Behind the marker is a section of the West Woods, being re-forested by the park service. As mentioned on the tablet text, the brigade crossed the Hagerstown Pike in this vicinity.
the brigade had a three gun battery attached. The Louisiana Guard Artillery remained on Hauser Ridge to the west of the West Woods during the day, helping to repel the repeated Federal advances into that sector. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Harry T. Hays. Harry Thompson Hays (April 14, 1820 – August 21, 1876) was an American Army officer serving in the Mexican-American War and a general who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brig. General Harry T. Hays (1820-1876) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
4. Brig. General Harry T. Hays (1820-1876)
Hays lost half of his unit at the Battle of Antietam.
Hays' Brigade Moves into Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Hays' Brigade Moves into Position
In the early morning hours of the battle, Hays' Brigade crossed the pike in this vicinity and passed across the fields to take position south of the Cornfield. The white building in the distance is a modern house at the intersection of Cornfield Avenue and Smoketown Road. The Brigade moved about half way between the camera's point and the location of that house before turning north and forming between Lawton's Brigade (commanded by Col. Douglass) and Trimble's Brigade (commanded by Col. J.A. Walker).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on , by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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