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Fifth Army Corps

Second and Tenth U.S. Infantry

 
 
2nd and 10th U.S. Infantry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. 2nd and 10th U.S. Infantry Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Fifth Army Corps.
Second (9 Cos.) and Tenth (3 Cos.) U.S. Infantry,

Lieut. John S. Poland, 2nd U.S. Infantry, Commanding.
September 17, 1862.

About noon of the 17th, the Battalion of the Second and Tenth U.S. Infantry crossed the Antietam and moved to the support of the horse batteries on the left (south) side of the Boonsboro Pike. After the withdrawal of these batteries, Poland deployed the entire battalion as skirmishers and under a heavy fire of canister and musketry, advanced to this point (Sherrick's Lane), his right resting on the Boonsboro Pike, his line extending to the left, along the lane fence, in the direction of Sherrick's House, on the road to Burnside Bridge. In this position he engaged the skirmishers of Garnett's Brigade, his right advancing some distance beyond the farm lane and driving the enemy's cannoneers from their guns on Cemetery Hill.

While thus engaged the 17th Michigan and the skirmishers of Willcox's Division, came up and relieved the left of his line, and the First Battalion, 14th U.S. Infantry formed about 210 yards in rear of his right.

Poland assembled his skirmishers on the center, and the battalion of the 14th U.S. Infantry threw forward skirmishers on the right of the line.

His ammunition being exhausted, Poland withdrew to the cover
Fifth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Fifth Army Corps Marker
of the hill east of this tablet and at dusk recrossed the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 77.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.667′ N, 77° 44.166′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Rodman Avenue, on the left 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. A different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourth United States Infantry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ninth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Companies G. I. and K., 4th U.S. Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles 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. The US Regulars at
Tablet Number 77 along Rodman Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Tablet Number 77 along Rodman Avenue
The regulars from the 2nd and 10th U.S. Infantry formed a line along the farm lane to Sherrick's house in the after noon phases of the battle.
Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 2nd and 10th U.S. Infantry Regiments, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps. The rolls of the 2nd Regiment include 1st Sgt Daniel W. Burke who earned the Medal of Honor for attempting to spike an artillery piece at Botelor's Ford a few days after the Battle of Antietam. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Fifth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Fifth Army Corps Marker
Sherrick Farm Lane image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Sherrick Farm Lane
Looking from the tablet location to the west toward the National Cemetery. Guard rails of the modern Boonsboro Pike are seen on the right, where the road runs between the National Cemetery (the wall of which is seen in the distant left) and the public cemetery entering Sharpsburg. The sign indicates the location of Sherrick's Farm Lane and field enclosures. Confederate batteries on the high ground where the cemeteries are today fired upon the Regulars in their skirmish formation.
Regular's Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. Regular's Line
Looking south from the tablet location. The Regulars of the 2nd and 10th U.S. Infantry Regiments used the Sherrick Farm Lane, roughly along the line of the modern Rodman Avenue, as a base for their skirmish line.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 15 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, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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