Antietam - East Woods and Cornfield - September 17, 1862 - 7:40am to 8am
American Battlefield Trust’s map of the West Woods from the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, from 7:40am to 8am.
The Battle of Antietam had been raging for nearly two hours on the morning of September 17, 1862, when the Confederate brigades of Gen. Rosewell S. Ripley and Col. James A. Walker slammed into the Cornfield and East Woods. This fierce counterattack met the fourth major Union assault in this sector thus far, now consisting of elements of two Federal corps. Federals were sent reeling back through the Miller Cornfield, and the East Woods. The brief success was shortlived and came at a heavy cost. Two more Union assaults drove for into the Cornfield, the East Woods, and eventually toward the northern boundary of the West Woods. By the end of the morning, both Ripley and Walker lay wounded on the field, alongside eleven of the fifteen regimental commanders of Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Lawton's Confederate division. Lawton, too, lay wounded on the field. An astounding one out of every two soldiers in Lawton's division was listed among the casualty rolls the next day, and the fighting in this sector was far from over.
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