Close Upon the Colors: George Hartsuff’s Federal Brigade

Brigade commander Brig. Gen. George L. Hartsuff

Joseph Hooker’s 1st Army Corps opened the fighting for the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Antietam. During its one-and-one-half hour fight through and around a 24-acre cornfield, none of its brigades suffered more casualties than that of George Hartsuff. This brigade–comprising Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and Massachusetts men–held its position around the Cornfield for only a brief time before being compelled to fall back. Explore one piece of the fighting in the cornfield through the eyes of this brigade that experienced some of Antietam’s most vicious minutes.

This three-hour tour will begin at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center and will follow the route of Hartsuff’s Brigade onto the Antietam battlefield. Either by car or by foot, guests will traverse the advance of Hartusff’s men into action, trace their line of battle near the Cornfield and East Woods, and follow the story of the men of the brigade to their hospital sites and final resting places in Antietam National Cemetery.

Your tour guide is Kevin Pawlak.
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