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Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command

 
 
Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command Marker
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command.

Brig. Gen. John B. Hood, Commanding.
(September 16, 1862.)

On the afternoon of September 16, Hood's Division was in the fields east of the Dunkard Church. On the approach of the First (Hooker's) Corps, Army of the Potomac, the Division moved to the left and formed line, its left on the Hagerstown Pike and extending along the south edge of Miller's cornfield and into the East Woods. The 4th Texas, of Woffords' Brigade, deployed as skirmishers over half a mile in advance, encountered the advance of Meade's Division and was forced back from the North Woods but, re-enforced on the right by the 5th Texas and supported by Law's Brigade, held the East Woods until darkness put an end to the engagement. In this engagement the infantry was supported by Lane's Battery of Georgia Artillery a few yards south of this, two guns of Rhett's (S.C.) Battery, between Mumma's House and Smoketown Road, one gun of Cutt's Artillery battalion on the Pike west of this and Poague's Rockbridge
Hood's Division Tablets and the Texas Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Hood's Division Tablets and the Texas Monument.
(Va.) Battery, of Jackson's Division, about 30 yards west of the Pike. All of which engaged the Union batteries on the high ground north and east of D.R Miller's. Col. Liddell, 11th Mississippi, of Law's Brigade, was mortally wounded, about 10 p.m.. The Division was relieved by Lawton's and Trimble's Brigades, of Ewell's Division, and withdrew to the woods west of the Dunkard Church.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 327.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.85′ N, 77° 44.823′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Cornfield Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located near stop four of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield and stop six of the Cornfield walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Precursor to the Battle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
3. Precursor to the Battle
On the day before the battle, as the armies maneuvered into positions, Hood's Division skirmished with elements of Hooker's I Corps near the East Woods on the Eastern side of the Cornfield.
walking distance of this marker. Texas (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command (here, next to this marker); First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnny Cook (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Batlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Hood's Division. Fighting, marching, and skirmishing for several days on end, Hood's Division did not have any opportunity for a regular meal. After fighting on the skirmish line until well into the evening, the Division once again went without a meal. Breakfast of the 17th was, of course, interrupted when the Division was called into action at the Cornfield. (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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