Four regiments from Connecticut were present at the battle. They were as follows, along with their casualty numbers:
- 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Edward Harland's Brigade, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman's Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac
- 34 killed, 139 wounded, 21 missing, 194 total casualties
- 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Edward Harland's
Brigade, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman's Division, 9th Corps, Army
of the Potomac
- 36 killed, 103 wounded, 139 total casualties
- 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Dwight Morris's
Brigade, Brigadier General Nathan Kimball's Division, 2nd Corps, Army
of the Potomac
- 20 killed, 88 wounded, 48 missing, 156 total casualties
- 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Edward Harland's Brigade, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman's Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac
- 42 killed, 143 wounded, 185 total casualties
Taken from the area of the 9th New York and 8th Connecticut monuments, this is the spot where the Federal Final Attack at Antietam was at high tide, before A.P. Hill's Confederate division flanked and stopped the Union advance.
11th Connecticut Monument
14th Connecticut Monument
16th Connecticut Monument
Overall, it was a very busy day at the park. It was great to see so many visitors out so early in the season, which I think suggests just how busy this year will be for us. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I had the chance to meet fellow Civil War blogger John Banks, whose excellent Civil War blog can be found here. I have followed John's work for awhile now (he focuses on Connecticut soldiers who were at Antietam, Gettysburg, and other Civil War topics), and it was nice to have the chance to meet him. Keep blogging away John!
Now, here are a few photographs from Connecticut Day at Antietam...
Outside of the Visitor Center, information tents were set up for visitors to learn more about Connecticut in the Civil War
The Connecticut State Flag was flown just below the American flag at the Visitor Center
This tent was for those with descendants who fought in Connecticut regiments to research their ancestors' contributions during the war.
Out on the battlefield, groups of visitors from Connecticut toured Antietam's hallowed ground, finding living history volunteers portraying various Confederate regiments. Above, volunteers portraying the 14th Connecticut stand near that regiment's monument along Bloody Lane, as a Connecticut tour group journeys back to the bus for another stop on the field.
Even the birds were excited about Connecticut day!
It was a beautiful day the park, before the rain came in anyways. All in all, a VERY successful state day.