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

Fifth Army Corps

Fourth United States Infantry

 
 
4th U.S. Infantry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. 4th U.S. Infantry Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Fifth Army Corps
Fourth United States Infantry (8 Cos.).

Captain Hiram Dryer, 4th U.S. Infantry, Commanding.
September 16-17, 1862.

On the morning of the 16th, the 4th Infantry seized the middle bridge over the Antietam; companies B. G. I. and K. were thrown across the bridge, deployed on either side of the road, advanced about 300 yards, and, between 2 and 4 p.m., became engaged with the enemy's skirmishers. They were relieved at sunset by the 1st Battalion 12th U.S. Infantry and recrossed the Antietam. Between 2 and 3 p.m. of the 17th, the regiment again crossed the Antietam, under orders to support the horse batteries. It advanced beyond the batteries and took position in the field to the right, the left resting on the road at this point. Companies G. I. and K. under Lieut. C. H. Carlton, were deployed as skirmishers and, advancing in a westerly direction, encountered the Confederate skirmishers posted behind a rail fence. The skirmishers suffered severely from an enfilading fire of canister from Cemetery Hill, south of the turnpike, and from the enemy's skirmishers in the their front.

At about sunset the skirmishers were withdrawn and the regiment, carrying its dead and wounded, recrossed the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board
Tablet Protected by the Rails of West Bound Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
2. Tablet Protected by the Rails of West Bound Boonsboro Pike
. (Marker Number 85.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.771′ N, 77° 44.046′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fourth United States Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (about 400 feet away); Twelfth United States Infantry (about 400 feet away); V Corps, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (about 500 feet away); Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Fifth Army Corps (about 700 feet away); Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 4th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps
The 4th U.S. Infantry Advances up the Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. The 4th U.S. Infantry Advances up the Pike
Looking from Robertson Avenue, to the east, near the location of Tablet Number 86 (also for the 4th U.S. Infantry). The Pike is seen passing through the trees on the right side of the photo. The horse artillery occupied positions on the high ground in the distant center. The 4th U.S. advanced up from the low ground here to drive off Confederate skirmishers. However, the unit was exposed to fire from Confederate batteries placed on Cemetery Hill once they reached the high ground from where this photo was taken. The Newcomer House stood just off the Pike, on the center right of this photo.
. Captain Dryer was a veteran with sixteen years of service in the regular army, including service in the Mexican War, by the time of the Battle of Antietam. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 747 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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