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First Army Corps

Hartsuff's Brigade, Rickett's Division

 
 
Hartsuff's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Hartsuff's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
First Army Corps,
Hartsuff's Brigade, Rickett's Division.

Brig Gen George L. Hartsuff, Commanding.
Organization.
11th Pennsylvania, 83rd New York,
12th and 13th Massachusetts Infantry.
(September 17, 1862.)

Hartsuff's Brigade, advancing from the Poffenberger woods early on the 17th, passed through the northern part of the East Woods and over the open ground west of them, and went into action on a line running northwest and southwest through this point. Early in the movement Gen. Hartsuff was wounded and the command devolved upon Col. Richard Coulter, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. The left center of the 11th Pennsylvania was at this point with the 12th Massachusetts on its right. On the immediate left of the 11th was the 13th Massachusetts and on its left was the 83rd New York. In this position, supported by two regiments of Christian's Brigade, it maintained a sanguinary contest in which it lost half its numbers, but was compelled to withdraw being relieved by the advance of Crawford's Brigade, Twelfth Corps. The Brigade carried into action about 1,200 men of whom 82 were killed and 497 wounded. The 12th Massachusetts lost 224 out of 334 engaged.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Marker series.
First Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. First Army Corps Marker
This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.869′ N, 77° 44.652′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Cornfield Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located between stops three and four of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield. 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. A different marker also named First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (a few steps from this marker); Battery B (a few steps from this marker); Ricketts' Division, First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); 90th Pennslyvania (within shouting distance of this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (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 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps. As noted in the text, Hartsuff was
War Department Tablets and 1st Maryland Light Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
3. War Department Tablets and 1st Maryland Light Position
Federal Tablets 10 (closest, Hartsuff's Brigade) and 9 (Christian's) are on the left side of the road. Tablet 337 for Ripley's Confederates stands on the right. Four 12-pdr Napoleons cover the Maryland state monument for Battery B, 1st Maryland Light Artillery. This point was another of the "hot corners" of the cornfield sector.
succeeded on the field by Col. Coulter. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. George Lucal Hartsuff. George Lucas Hartsuff (May 28, 1830 – May 16, 1874) was an American soldier, born at Tyre, New York. He graduated at West Point in 1852, graduating 19th out of 43 in his class. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
First Army Corps Marker (Left) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. First Army Corps Marker (Left)
Brig. General George Lucas Hartsuff (1830-1874) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Brig. General George Lucas Hartsuff (1830-1874)
Hartsuff was severely wounded in the hip at Antietam while leading a brigade in second division I Corps.
The East End of the Cornfield and East Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
6. The East End of the Cornfield and East Woods
The sign points to the western edge of the East Woods, where Hartsuff's and Christian's Brigades attempted to clear the Confederates from the cornfield. During the battle, the foreground here was part of the thicket known as East Woods.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 910 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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