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Sixth Army Corps

Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division

 
 
Sixth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Sixth Army Corps Marker
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Sixth Army Corps.
Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division.

Col. William H. Irwin, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Commanding.
Organization.
7th Maine Infantry,
20th 33rd 49th & 77th New York Infantry.
September 17, 1862.

Irwin's Brigade reached the field about noon of the 17th, formed line across the road at this point, and charged through the batteries and across the fields in their front to check the advance of the Confederates from the West Woods. The direction of its advance was south of the Dunkard Church, and when its right regiments, the 33d and 77th New York, were nearly abreast of the church, they received such a destructive fire on their right and rear as compelled them to retire to the cover of the ridge in front of the church, the remainder of the brigade forming on their left. Late in the day the 7th Maine charged across the Bloody Lane to Piper's Barn and was repulsed by Cochrane's Brigade of Couch's Division, and withdrawn to the rear.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 75.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.777′ N, 77° 44.568′ 
Sixth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Sixth Army Corps Marker
W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. Smith's Division, Sixth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (here, next to this marker); Slocum's Division, Sixth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Battery D, 2d U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries A and C 4th U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery F, 5th U.S. Artillery (about 400 feet away); Battery A (about 500 feet away); Woolfolk’s (Ashland) Virginia Battery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Regarding Sixth Army Corps. This marker is included on the East Woods Virtual Tour by Markers see the Virtual tour link below to see the markers in sequence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps
Three War Department Tablets and a First New Jersey Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Three War Department Tablets and a First New Jersey Brigade Monument
. Two members of the brigade from the 33rd New York were awarded the Medal of Honor. (Submitted on March 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. East Woods Virtual Tour by Markers. A collection of markers interpreting the action of during the Battle of Antietam around the East Woods. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Col. William H. Irwin's Official Report. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sixth Army Corps Marker<br>Second From the Left image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Sixth Army Corps Marker
Second From the Left
Irwin's Brigade Takes Cover image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Irwin's Brigade Takes Cover
Looking east from the Maryland State Monument. The Smoketown Road is on the left side. The 33d and 77th New York took cover in the foreground here. The remainder of the brigade formed to the south, towards the current park visitors center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 25 times this year. 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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