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Second Army Corps

Dana's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division

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

Brig. Gen. N.J.T. Dana, Commanding.
Organization.
19th Massachusetts Infantry,
20th Massachusetts Infantry,
7th Michigan Infantry,
42nd New York Infantry,
59th New York Infantry,
September 17, 1862

Dana's Brigade, following Gorman's in column of attack, passed through the East Woods, crossed the Cornfield and the Hagerstown Pike, about 50 yards in rear of Gorman, and entered the West Woods where its advance was checked about 40 yards east of this point.

Its left flank having been attacked and turned by McLaws and Walker's Divisions, it was compelled to retire.

A portion of the brigade, with the 1st Minnesota Infantry, occupied a line near the Nicodemus House which it held for a time until its flank having been again turned, it retired to the woods and fields east of the Hagerstown Pike.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 38.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 28.691′ N, 77° 45.096′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on
Federal Tablets in the West Woods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
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).
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); 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); 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of 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 300 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 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps. When General Dana was wounded, Col. Norman J. Hall, 7th Michigan, replaced him. Of the battle in the woods, Dana would write, There was no time to wait for orders; the flanking force, whatever it was, was advancing its fire too rapidly on my left.
Dana's Brigade Follows Gorman's Brigade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Dana's Brigade Follows Gorman's Brigade
With Sedgwick's Division in column formation, Dana's Division followed close behind Gorman's. When entering the West Woods the formation, while densely packed, had very limited visibility due to the rolls in the terrain and the dense woods. Today a clearing in the middle of the center section of the West Woods offers a view of the terrain, although this ground was covered with trees and undergrowth at the time of the battle. This position is along the West Woods walking trail, about 100 yards west of the parking lot for stop five, looking north.
I permitted the three right regiments to move on, but broke off the Forty-second New York Volunteers, with orders to change front to the left and meet the attack which had apparently broken through the first line on my left and front, and was now precipitated with fury on my left flank....I had been struck by a musket-ball whilst in the woods, and now found that I could remain no longer on the field....
(Submitted on April 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Flank of Dana's Brigade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2008
4. Right Flank of Dana's Brigade
Looking south from the intersection of Starke Avenue and the modern Hagerstown Pike. The 19th and 20th Massachusetts of Dana's Brigade advanced through this section of what was then the West Woods.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on December 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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