On the morning of Sept. 17, 1862, Union artillery was positioned on a ridge behind Joseph Poffenberger's house, and his farm was used as a staging area for Yankee troops. As the battle raged nearby in David R. Miller's infamous cornfield and elsewhere, wounded and frightened Federals streamed back to the Poffenberger farm. Union general Joseph Hooker, who commanded the I Corps, slept in the Poffenberger barn the night before the battle. The house, barn and outbuildings are on National Park Service property.
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