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

Cavalry Division

 
 
Cavalry Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Cavalry Division Tablet
Inscription.  
U.S.A.
Cavalry Division,

Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasanton, Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)

The Cavalry Division was stationed along the west bank of Antietam Creek during the Battle of September 17, in support of Horse Batteries A, B, and L (Consolidated) and M, of the Second U.S. Artillery, and Batteries C and G (Consolidated) of the Third Artillery, which were established on the crest of the ridge in front of this point. This division occupied a portion of the ground between the left flank of the Second and the right flank of the Ninth Army Corps, and covered the approaches to the bridge across Antietam Creek. At night the division was withdrawn.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 39° 27.826′ N, 77° 43.79′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington
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County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Located in a tablet cluster near the picnic area in Antietam Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Brigade, Cavalry Division (here, next to this marker); Third Brigade, Cavalry Division (here, next to this marker); Second Brigade, Cavalry Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel James H. Childs (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery (about 500 feet away); Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA (about 500 feet away); Third Indiana Cavalry (about 500 feet away); Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of Cavalry Units at Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Pleasonton's Cavalry Division. Pleasonton would report, The losses of the division in the campaign were as follows: 17 killed, 78 wounded, and 13 missing, making a total of 108. A statistic often cited, making
Cavalry Division Tablet Cluster along Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
2. Cavalry Division Tablet Cluster along Boonsboro Pike
Tablets for the Third Brigade (Number 91, left) and First Brigade (Number 89, center) of the Cavalry Division stand to left the Cavalry Division tablet (Number 21). The tablet for the Second Brigade (Number 90) stands across the highway.
the point that the Federal cavalry was sparingly used during the battle. (Submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Newcomer Farm and Approaches to the Middle Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Newcomer Farm and Approaches to the Middle Bridge
The Cavalry Division spent much of the battle assembled on the low ground in the vicinity of the Newcomer Barn supporting the artillery batteries engaging Confederates in the vicinity of the Sunken Road and also on Cemetery Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,128 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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