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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps

 
 
Richardson's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Richardson's Division Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Richardson's Division, Second Army Corps,

Maj. Gen. Israel B. Richardson, Commanding.
September 15-17, 1862.

On the night of Sept. 15, 1862, the division was posted at the foot of the ridge on the north side of this road, to hold the bridge across the Antietam and secure the crossing for the movement of Sept. 16. The division occupied this position until the morning of Sept. 17, when it was relieved by Morell's Division of the Fifth Corps.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 34.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.133′ N, 77° 42.978′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in a tablet cluster on the east side of Antietam Creek along the Boonsboro Pike. 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. Fifth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Corps, 2nd Division Position (approx.
Marker Cluster East of Antietam Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Marker Cluster East of Antietam Creek
Federal marker cluster on the east side of Antietam Creek, along Boonsboro Pike. From left to right are Richardson's Division (Number 34), Second Army Corps (Number 35), Morell's Division (Number 26), and Humphreys' Division (Number 19).
0.2 miles away); Army Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Pry Family Upheaval (approx. half a mile away); Second Army Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Middle Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Newcomer House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Heart of the Civil War (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st Division, II Corps. General Richardson was possibly a descendant of Revolutionary War general Israel Putnam. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Markers Now Removed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers Now Removed
The markers were removed after damaged in an automobile accident which occurred over the winter of 2008.
Reserve Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Reserve Position
Looking northwest from the Boonsboro Pike, near the marker cluster. The ridge in the background stands on the east side of Antietam Creek north of the Middle Bridge, and shielded units deployed here from Confederate observation and fire. Three different divisions cycled through this location. On the morning of the 17th, Richardson's Division of the II Corps occupied positions here. Later in the day Morell's Division took position here as the center reserve. On the 18th Humphreys' Division arrived here.
Approaches to the Middle Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Approaches to the Middle Bridge
Richardson's Division was charged with controlling the approaches to the Middle Bridge on the day before the battle. Looking down Boonsboro Pike to the west toward the bridge, the Division used the road as it's left flank defending this section of the battlefield. On the lower left of the photo is a tablet for Fifth Corps, number 33, which stands on the opposite side of the road from the tablet cluster.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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