The 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Known as the Goldstream Regiment, the 28th Pennsylvania carried this flag through the Cornfield, past the Dunker Church, and into the West Woods as part of George Sears Greene’s 2nd Division of the XII Corps. Greene’s men pushed Jackson’s Confederates back from the Dunker Church and held an advanced line during the morning of September 17, 1862. Organized in Philadelphia, the 28th Pennsylvania used their Enfield rifles to deadly effect before being pushed back from this advanced line. The 28th would go on to fight at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and later served in Georgia, Tennessee, and in the 1865 Carolina Campaign.
The 2nd Wisconsin Volunteers
Part of the famed Iron Brigade, the men of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment carried these colors during their morning attack at the Battle of Antietam. Already depleted by their heavy casualties at the Battle of Brawner’s Farm and South Mountain, the 2nd pressed forward into the West Woods on the morning of September 17, 1862. Assailed by Jackson’s Confederates, the entire Iron Brigade fought a desperate fight that further reinforced its reputation as one of the hardest fighting brigades in the Union army. Entering the battle with 150 men, the 2nd Wisconsin lost another 91 during its epic fight at Antietam.
The 7th Ohio Volunteers
Formed with men from northeastern Ohio, the 7th Ohio Infantry, carrying this handsome regimental flag, advanced through the Cornfield towards the Dunker Church on the morning of September 17, 1862. Passing the Dunker Church, the 7th Ohio and the rest of the 1st Brigade of Greene’s division entered the West Woods just beyond. It was there in the West Woods that the 7th fought Jackson’s Confederates until around 1:30pm.
The monument to the Ohio troops who took part in this attack (5th Ohio, 7th Ohio, and 66th Ohio) is one of the most visited at Antietam – it’s just across the Hagerstown Pike from the Dunker Church.