Sixth Army Corps

Sixth Army Corps (HM34K)

Location: Keedysville, MD 21756 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 28.282', W 77° 44.477'

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Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division

(First Tablet):
U.S.A.
Sixth Army Corps.
Irwin's Brigade, Smith's Division,

Col. William H. Irwin, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Commanding.
Organization

7th Maine Infantry,
20th, 33d, 49th, & 77th New York Infantry
September 17, 1862

Irwin's Brigade came on the field about noon of the 17th, and formed across the Smoketown Road in rear of a line of artillery.

After an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Confederate line south of the Dunkard Church, the brigade rallied behind the ridge east of the Hagerstown Pike and between it and the Mumma's Lane. The left of the Brigade resting a few yards west of the lane, where it was exposed to a severe fire of artillery and sharpshooters.

(Second, continuation, tablet):
About 5 p.m., the 7th Maine, on the left of the Brigade, crossed Mumma's Lane, moved obliquely across the front of Brook's Brigade, charged over the Bloody Lane at this point, dispersed the Confederates in its front and in the orchard on its left and reached the low ground north of Piper's Barn, when the enemy from behind the stone fences on the Hagerstown Pike and the hill adjoining poured a severe fire on its right flank and front.

The regiment then obliqued to the left, passed through an opening in the fence into the orchard and to within 70 yards of Piper's House, where it was met by a withering fire from a column of the enemy moving down the hill east of the house and driven back through the orchard with great loss.

It reformed a short distance east of this point and returned to the position from which it had advanced.
At noon of the 18th, the Brigade was relieved by Cochrane's Brigade of Couch's Division.
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HM NumberHM34K
Series This marker is part of the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series
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Marker Number74
Placed ByAntietam Battlefield Board
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:52am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264193 N 4372674
Decimal Degrees39.47136667, -77.74128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.282', W 77° 44.477'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 16.92" N, 77° 44' 28.62" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18102-18150 Bloody Ln, Keedysville MD 21756, US
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