Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command
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 (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 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 A Cornfield Unlike Any Other (within shouting distance of this marker); The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.