Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command
Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command,
Brigadier General John B. Hood, Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)
About 7 a.m. of the 17th, Hood's Division moved out of the woods surrounding the Dunkard Church, crossed the Hagerstown Pike a few yards north of the church and, advancing in a northly direction, relieved the Brigades of Lawton, Hays and Trimble of Ewell's Division, and became heavily engaged with troops of the First Corps Army of the Potomac. Its left Brigade (Wofford's) rested on the Hagerstown Pike, its right Brigade (McLaw's) extended into the East Woods. It was engaged on the line now marked by this road, and finally advanced to the north edge of Miller's cornfield (305 yards north of this) and to the east edge of the East Woods where it was checked and, after a severe contest, involving heavy losses on both sides, was compelled to retire to the woods from which it had advanced.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 310.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 28.849′ N, 77° 44.829′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County Click for map. Located near stop four of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield and stop six of the Cornfield walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (here, next to this marker); First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Texas (a few steps from this marker); 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnny Cook (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. The marker identifies the brigade on the left as McLaw's. This should read Law's Brigade. As with several other in the series, there are some misspellings, such as that of the Dunker Church.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Hood's Division Markers
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Batlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Hood's Division. In his official report, Hood would write, "It was here that I witnessed the most terrible clash of arms, by far, that has occurred during the war." (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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