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

Second Army Corps

Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division

 
 
Gorman's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. Gorman's Brigade Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Second Army Corps,
Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division,

Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman, Commanding.
Organization.
15th Massachusetts Infantry,
1st Minnesota Infantry,
34th New York Infantry,
82d New York Infantry,
Massachusetts Sharpshooters (1st Co.)
Minnesota Sharpshooters (2d Co.)
September 17, 1862.

Gorman's Brigade led the advance of Sedgwick's Division in its assault upon the Confederate left. It passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the open ground to the south, entered the West Woods and had reached this point, when its advance was checked by Jackson's command and the artillery of Stuart's Division posted on the high ground to the northwest. After a severe contest in which its ammunition was nearly exhausted, its left flank was turned by McLaws' and Walker's Divisions and the brigade was forced to retire northward to the fields beyond D.R. Miller's barn. The 34th New York was detached and occupied the woods immediately west of the Dunkard Church. This tablet marks the left center of the brigade in its advance.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location.
Federal Tablets in the West Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Federal Tablets in the West Woods
From left to right, Gorman's Brigade (Number 37), Dana's Brigade (Number 38), and Howard's Brigade (Number 39).
39° 28.695′ N, 77° 45.094′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Hagerstown Pike (State Highway 65), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at stop 4 of the West Woods 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. A different marker also named Second Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Ewell's Division, Jackson's Command (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Second Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); John Lemuel Stetson (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Longstreet's Command (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (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 April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps. In his official report Gorman would write, Although the firing was not so rapid, it was most deadly, and at very close range.
Gorman's Brigade Left Flank image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Gorman's Brigade Left Flank
The left flank of Gorman's Brigade was held by the 15th Massachusetts roughly at this point, along the modern Hagerstown Pike (looking south from near the tablet location). The 82nd New York held the center, where the modern road now passes. The 1st Minnesota held the right, on ground west of the modern road. The 34th New York, detached from the main portion of the Brigade, defended a position near the Dunker Church. Note the Stetson Memorial on the left in the distance.
We also had to stand the most terrific fire of grape and canister, which told fearfully on the three right regiments of the brigade....In this terrible conflict three regiments of the brigade, to wit, the Fifteenth Massachusetts, Thirty-fourth and Eighty-second New York Volunteers, lost nearly one-half their entire force engaged....The list of killed, wounded, and missing in action is herewith forwarded, showing the loss to be 758 out of 2,000 taken into the action.
(Submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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