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

First Brigade, Cavalry Division

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

Major Charles J. Whiting, 2nd U.S. Cavalry,
Commanding.
Organization.
5th and 6th United States Cavalry.
(September 17, 1862.)

The Fifth United States Cavalry, Captain Joseph H. McArthur commanding, crossed the middle bridge over the Antietam shortly before noon and took position on the right of the road, its left resting at this point, in support to the Artillery in its front. It was withdrawn across the creek late in the day.

The Sixth United States Cavalry, Capitan William P. Sanders commanding, was detached and deployed in skirmishing order, as a Provost Guard, in rear of the right wing of the Army of the Potomac.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 89.)
 
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° 43.792′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg
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, Maryland, in Washington 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. Third Brigade, Cavalry Division (here, next to this marker); 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); Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery (about 500 feet away); Batteries C and G, 3d 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. Federal Cavalry Division Tablets and Monuments
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division. (Submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Cavalry Division Tablet Cluster along Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
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.
5th U.S. Cavalry Supports the Artillery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. 5th U.S. Cavalry Supports the Artillery
To support the artillery batteries placed on the high ground the 5th U.S. Cavalry advanced to the north side of the Boonsboro Pike. Posted behind the ridge line, the regiment occupied the area to the west of the Newcomer Barn, near the modern house (and former museum) on the west end of the Middle Bridge. The house is seen behind the tree line in the center. The Pike is out of frame to the right side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 951 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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