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Meade's Division, First Army Corps

 
 
Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Meade's Division, First Army Corps,

Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, Commanding,
September 16, 1862.

Meade's Division crossed the Antietam at the Sumner Bridge at 2 p.m. Sept. 16, and moved in a westerly direction toward the position of the enemy. At 6 p.m. Meade encountered Stuart's cavalry on the Smoketown Road and Hood's Division in the East Woods on the Smoketown Road. Seymour's Brigade was deployed and engaged the enemy, supported by Magilton and Anderson. The fighting ceased at dark and the division bivouacked on the ground it occupied at the close of the engagement. Seymour's Brigade in the east edge of the East Woods, Anderson's Brigade in and in rear of the North Woods and Magilton's Brigade midway between Seymour and Anderson.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.328′ N, 77° 44.758′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Mansfield Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located just east of the pull off for stop two on the driving tour of Antietam
Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker
Battlefield, the Poffenberger Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Meade's Division, First Army Corps (here, next to this marker); 3rd Regt. Pennsylvania (here, next to this marker); First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 1st Corps, 3rd Division, 2nd Brigade Bivouac (a few steps from this marker); 8th Regt. Pennsylvania Reserver Volunteer Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Culmination of Another Great Tragedy was at Hand (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clara Barton (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Clara Barton (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 March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Third Division, I Corps. Meade's Division was composed entirely of Pennsylvania Reserve regiments. These units shared a
Cluster of Tablets around the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Cluster of Tablets around the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves Monument
War Department Tablets (from left to right) 16, 15, 11 and 1 flank the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves Monument along side the northern leg of Mansfield Avenue. The unit bivouac tablet D stands closest to the camera on the left.
common and somewhat unique history. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Brief History of the Pennsylvania Reserves. The reserves were first raised during the initial call for volunteers. Pennsylvania found its quota filled, but the additional volunteers were held under state control. These were designated First through Fifteenth Pennsylvania Reserve Regiments. After the First Manassas, these troops were brought into Federal service. Upon entering the Union Army, the units were re-designated 30th to 44th Pennsylvania Infantry, to avoid confusion with other units. However the units remained brigaded together in the 3rd Division, and continued to carry the name "Reserves" through their service. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. George Meade. George Gordon Meade (December 31, 1815 – November 6, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer involved in the coastal construction of several lighthouses. (Submitted on October 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker<br>Third From the Right image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Meade's Division, First Army Corps Marker
Third From the Right
Major General George Meade (1815-1872) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Major General George Meade (1815-1872)
In the Battle of Antietam, Meade replaced the wounded Hooker in command of I Corps, selected personally by McClellan over other generals his superior in rank. He performed well at Antietam, but was wounded in the thigh.
Preliminary Skirmish - Precursor to the Battle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. Preliminary Skirmish - Precursor to the Battle
About a half mile from the marker location, looking east from Mansfield Avenue near the intersection with the Smoketown Road. In the distance is the shaft of the Mansfield Memorial. The Smoketown Road runs from the left to the right, over the high ground past the memorial. The open field between the camera and the memorial was all part of the East Woods at the time of the battle. In the afternoon of September 16, Seymour's Brigade skirmished with the Confederates in this area before darkness called a halt to the day.
Meade's Division Bivouac Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
7. Meade's Division Bivouac Area
Looking East down Mansfield Avenue at a point near the intersection with the Dunker Church Road. Anderson's Brigade prepared for the next day positioned across the ground to the south of the Joseph Poffenberger Farm (seen on the left side). Magilton's Brigade was posted further east, up the hill, near tour stop two.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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