Antietam - East Woods - September 17, 1862 - 5:30am to 6:00am

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the East Woods at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, from 5:30am to 6:00am.

As the sun rose on September 17, 1862, Major General Joseph Hooker and his I Corps initiated the opening act on what became America's bloodiest single day. General George G. Meade's division of Pennsylvania Reserves pressed south into the East Woods, and toward David Miller's "Cornfield." The Federals were met by Confederate artillery and infantry commanded by General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and Col. Stephen D. Lee. More Federals commanded Gen. James Ricketts joined the fray, as Jackson began to shift troops toward the front. The 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, known as the "Bucktails," engaged with the 31st Georgia near a property soon to known as the "Epicenter." By 6 am, the Battle of Antietam was raging in the fields and woods north of the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. 

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