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Jackson's Command

Early's Brigade, Ewell's Division

 
 
Early's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. Early's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.  
C.S.A.
Jackson's Command.
Early's Brigade, Ewell's Division.

Brig. Gen. Jubal A. Early, Commanding.
Organization.
13th 25th 31st 44th 49th 52d & 58th Virginia Infantry.
September 17-18, 1862. No.2.

After supporting Jackson's Division in repulsing the right of the First Army Corps on the plateau west of the Hagerstown Pike, Early's Brigade, moving through the West Woods and along their western edge to this point, advanced east and, in co-operation with portions of McLaws' Division, drove the 125th Pennsylvania and 34th New York from the woods near the church, then, wheeling to the left, supported by the brigades of Semmes, Anderson and Barksdale, and portions of Jackson's Division, struck the flank of Sedgwick's Division and forced it to retire from the field. The Brigade was then reformed and withdrawn to the position occupied by it in the morning and, later in the day, moved to the northern part of the West Woods, where it remained until the night of the 18th, when it recrossed the Potomac.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 379.)
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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 date for this entry is September 17, 1862.
 
Location. 39° 28.673′ N, 77° 45.015′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling south. Located just west of the parking lot for stop five of the driving tour of 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 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brockenbrough’s 2nd Baltimore, Maryland Battery (here, next to this marker); Baltimore Battery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Baltimore Battery (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Jaws of Death" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Back Boys, For God's Sake Move Back;" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Onward Rush to Victory or Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); "With Flags Flying" (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Brigade Monument
Jackson's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Jackson's Command Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "We May Never Meet Again" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Early's Brigade, Ewell's Division. Early relieved the wounded Brig. Gen. Lawton in command of the Division during the fighting. Col. William "Extra Billy" Smith of the 49th Virginia commanded the brigade in Early's absence. (Submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Jubal Early. Jubal Anderson Early (November 3, 1816 – March 2, 1894) was a lawyer and Confederate general in the American Civil War. He served under Stonewall Jackson and then Robert E. Lee for almost the entire war, rising from regimental command to lieutenant general and the command of an infantry corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Confederate Tablets at the Edge of the West Woods image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Confederate Tablets at the Edge of the West Woods
Tablets for Barksdale's Brigade (left, Number 358) and Early's Brigade (right, Number 379) stand at the eastern edge of the West Woods.
Brig. General Jubal A. Early (1816-1894) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
4. Brig. General Jubal A. Early (1816-1894)
Early fought in most of the major battles in the Eastern Theater, including the Seven Days Battles, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and numerous battles in the Shenandoah Valley.
Early's Brigade Faces the 125th Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
5. Early's Brigade Faces the 125th Pennsylvania
Just north of the Dunker Church, this rock ledge extends through the West Woods from north to south, somewhat parallel to the Old Hagerstown Pike. Early's Brigade fought with the 125th Pennsylvania over this sector of the woods. The terrain seen here is typical of the West Woods, with rock outcroppings and rolling terrain.
Early's Brigade Attacks the Federal Flank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Early's Brigade Attacks the Federal Flank
Photo taken from the West Woods walking trail, about 100 yards west of the parking area, looking south. From their position facing the 125th Pennsylvania, Early's Brigade turned about and faced north, against the open flank of Gorman's and Dana's Federal Brigades. The 59th New York held a position near the edge of this clearing, facing to the west (right side of the photo), and was the first unit encountered by Early's Brigade in this attack. At the time of the battle this area was wooded.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 962 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on April 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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