Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps
Willcox's Division, Ninth Army Corps.
Brig. Gen. Orlando B. Willcox, Commanding.
September 16-17, 1862.
On the night of September 16th Willcox's Division was held in reserve behind the ridge on the east bank of the Antietam, about one mile from the Burnside Bridge. On the afternoon of the 17th the division crossed the bridge and, relieving Sturgis' Division, formed the right of the line with Crook's Brigade in support.
In the general advance of the Ninth Corps on Sharpsburg, the division moved on either side of the road from the Bridge to the town until the center reached this elevation, when, the left flank of the Corps having been turned, the division was withdrawn to the banks of the Antietam, where it remained until the evening of the 18th, when it was relieved by Morrell's Division of the Fifth Army Corps.
A section of the 8th Massachusetts Battery, under Lieut. John N. Coffin, accompanied the division in its advance and went into position in Otto's orchard about 350 yards south of this point.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 62.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 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. Ninth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 500 feet away); 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (about 800 feet away); The Final Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Advance Was Made With the Utmost Enthusiasm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ninth 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 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 1st Division, IX Corps. Willcox was a 1847 graduate of West Point. (Submitted on March 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Orlando B. Willcox. Orlando Bolivar Willcox (April 16, 1823 – May 11, 1907) was an American soldier who served as a general in the Union (Submitted on September 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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