Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Army Corps
Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division
Second Army Corps,
Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division,
Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman, Commanding.
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. 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. (Submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 824 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.