Thursday, June 28, 2012

Truman Seymour's Brigade (US): Part 2 (September 17, 1862)

“… The men slept on their arms, ready at a moment’s notice to repel an attack.  The gray dawn at last appeared, and every man nerved himself for the conflict.  The death-like stillness was at length broken, … and the sharp report of musketry soon marked the commencement of this fierce battle.”  That is how Samuel P. Bates, author of History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 described the opening of the Battle of Antietam on the morning of September 17, 1862.  The troops that “marked the commencement” of the battle were the Pennsylvanians of Truman Seymour’s Brigade, who were bivouacked in the East Woods after their fight with Confederate forces on the previous evening (see

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Truman Seymour's Brigade (US): Part 1 (Septemner 16, 1862)

Truman Seymour’s Brigade

1st Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps

1st Pennsylvania Reserves (30th Infantry)

167 men commanded by Colonel R. Biddle Roberts

2nd Pennsylvania Reserves (31st Infantry)

171 men commanded by Captain James N. Byrnes

5th Pennsylvania Reserves (34th Infantry)

100 men commanded by Colonel Joseph W. Fisher

6th Pennsylvania Reserves (35th Infantry)

250 men commanded by Colonel William Sinclair

13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles) (42nd Infantry)

110 men commanded by Colonel Hugh W. McNeil (KIA 9/16), Captain Dennis McGee

Brigadier General Truman Seymour