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Twelfth Army Corps

Gordon's Brigade, Williams’ Division

 
 
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By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Twelfth Army Corps Marker
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Twelfth Army Corps,
Gordon's Brigade, Williams' Division

Brig. Gen. George H. Gordon, Commanding.
Organization.
2nd Massachusetts Infantry,
3rd Wisconsin Infantry,
27th Indiana Infantry,
13th New Jersey Infantry,
107th New York Infantry,
Zouaves D'Afrique, Pennsylvania.
September 17, 1862, No. 2.

Immediately after the withdrawal of Gordon's Brigade to the East Woods, after being relieved by Sedgwick's Division, it was ordered to the support of that Division in the West Woods.

The 13th New Jersey and 2d Massachusetts advanced into this road. --The former north and latter south of this point.-- where the encountered such a destructive fire from the enemy that they were compelled to retire to the East Woods. Later in the day, the 13th New Jersey advanced into the woods west of the Dunkard Church and took position on the right of Greene's Division.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 55.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.819′ N, 77° 44.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is
Twelfth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Twelfth Army Corps Marker
at the intersection of Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike and Cornfield Avenue on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike. Touch for map. 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. Sedgwick's Division, Second Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Aftermath Along the Hagerstown Turnpike (a few steps from this marker); Massachusetts State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana State Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gordon's Brigade on the Battlefield
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps. Due to the chain of events surrounding General Mansfield's mortal wounding, General Gordon stepped up to command
Tablets in Front of the Modern Farm House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Tablets in Front of the Modern Farm House
Tablets 36 (left) and 55 (right) stand in front of a modern farm house. At the time of the battle, this was open field.
the 1st Division, and Col. Thomas H. Ruger of the 3rd Wisconsin assumed command of the Brigade. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Colis Independent Company. Cited on the marker as the Zouaves D'Afrique, this unique company recruited in Philadelphia included some French soldiers with a background in the Zouaves. Originally assigned as a guard force for General N. P. Banks, the company was eventually consolidated with the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. George Henry Gordon. George Henry Gordon (July 19, 1823 – August 30, 1886) was an American lawyer and a Union general in the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 17, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Twelfth Army Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Twelfth Army Corps Marker
Brig. General George Henry Gordon (1823-1886) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Brig. General George Henry Gordon (1823-1886)
Gordon's Brigade Repulsed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. Gordon's Brigade Repulsed
From the Massachusetts State Monument looking west toward the West Woods. The obelisk near the tree line is the Philadelphia Brigade Monument. The 13th New Jersey and 2d Massachusetts attempted to shore up Sedgwick's line here but were repulsed by the wave of Confederates attacking from the southwest through the woods.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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