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Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Smith's Mississippi Battery

Stephen's Brigade - Cheatham's Division - Polk's Corps

 

—Army of the Mississippi —

 
Smith's Mississippi Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Smith's Mississippi Battery Tablet
The battery was commanded by Captain Melancthon Smith at the battle.
Inscription.
C.S.
Smith's Mississippi Battery,
Stephens' (2d) Brig., Cheatham's (2d) Div., Polk's Corps,
Army of the Mississippi.

This battery, of six guns, was in action here from about 10 a.m. to 12 m. April 6, 1862.

On Monday it had two guns in action on the Confederate left.
 
Erected by Shiloh National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number 338.)
 
Location. 35° 7.982′ N, 88° 20.484′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from Corinth-Pittsburg Landing Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the end of the trail along Ruggles Battery line, in Shiloh National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trabue's Kentucky Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowen's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Byrne's Mississippi Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 16th Alabama, 55th Tennessee (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 13th Iowa Infantry
Smith's Mississippi Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Smith's Mississippi Battery Position
The battery is represented by a 12-pdr Field Howitzer and a bronze 6-pdr Field Gun.
(about 400 feet away); Hubbard's Arkansas Battery (about 400 feet away); 8th and 18th Illinois Infantry (about 500 feet away); 14th Wisconsin Infantry (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Also see . . .  Smith’s-Turner’s Battery. A short history of the battery, which was also known as the "Chickasawhay Desperadoes." (Submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1841 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. 12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1841
The field howitzer to the left of the tablet was produced by N.P. Ames Manufacturing of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1846. It was given the registry number 46 when inspected by James Wolfe Riply (J.W.R.). It has the weight marking of 784 pounds under the knob.
Bronze 6-pdr Field Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
4. Bronze 6-pdr Field Gun
This 6-pdr field gun, presumably of Confederate origin, is unmarked. A very similar piece is on display at the Murphy Farm in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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