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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Longstreet's Command

Semmes’ Brigade, McLaws’ Division

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

Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes, Commanding.
Organization.
10th Georgia Infantry,
53rd Georgia Infantry,
15th Virginia Infantry,
32d Virginia Infantry,
September 17, 1862.

Semmes' Brigade reached the Western suburbs of Sharpsburg at sunrise of the 17th and halted until nearly 9 a.m. when it advanced across the fields, in support of Stuart's Cavalry, north and west of Hauser's House. In the general advance of McLaws' Division it was on the left of the line, and encountered the enemy in the northern part of the West Woods, forcing them to retire beyond the Nicodemus House.

Near this point its advance was checked by the Federal artillery east of the Hagerstown Road. After severe losses it was withdrawn and placed as a reserve to Barksdale's Brigade, in the western edge of the West Woods, where it remained until the night of the 18th when it recrossed the Potomac.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 359.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.018′ N, 77° 45.136′ W. Marker
Semmes Brigade Tablet aside the Modern Hagerstown Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. Semmes Brigade Tablet aside the Modern Hagerstown Pike
is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Hagerstown Pike (State Highway 65), 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Brigade, Stuart's Cavalry Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hampton's Brigade, Stuart's Cavalry Division (about 300 feet away); Stuart's Cavalry Division (about 300 feet away); Battery C, 5th U.S. Artillery (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named First Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named First Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Semmes' Briagde, McLaws' Division. Semmes' Brigade saw action earlier at Crampton's Gap on the 14th of September. (Submitted on March 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
D.R. Miller Farm Seen from Maryland 65 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. D.R. Miller Farm Seen from Maryland 65
Semmes' Brigade advanced north out of the West Woods in the process of driving out Sedgwick's Division. The advance carried the Brigade as far as the D.R. Miller farm before running into fire from the massed artillery on the north side of the cornfield.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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