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Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery

 
 
Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
1. Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery Monument
Inscription.
September 17, 1862
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From 3.30 p.m. until near sunset this battery from a point about 80 yards north of this, engaged the enemy around the Piper buildings.
 
Location. 39° 28.167′ N, 77° 44.168′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Richardson Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Near the Sunken Road next to the observation tower, stop eight on the driving tour of Antietam. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major General Israel B. Richardson (here, next to this marker); Irish Brigade (here, next to this marker); Army of Northern Virginia (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia (a few steps from this marker); War Department Observation Tower (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia (a few steps from this marker); September 17, 1862 (Continued) (a few steps from
Observation Tower image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Observation Tower
Three monuments - the Irish Brigade, Hexamer's New Jersey Battery, and General Richardson's Mortuary Monument - stand at the base of the tower.
this marker); a different marker also named September 17, 1862 (Continued) (a few steps from this marker); September 17, 1862 (a few steps from this marker); September 16, 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Regarding Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery. This marker is included on the Sunken Road or Bloody Lane Virtual Tour by Markers see the Virtual tour link below to see the markers in sequence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery Monuments. National Park Service site detailing the monument. This monument is actually one of a pair commemorating this unit. The other is at the intersection of the Mumma's Lane and Smoketown Road. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. New Jersey Light Artillery, Battery A. Captain William J. Hexamer commanded this battery of 10-pdr Parrott Rifles. Hexamer was a refugee from Germany, who lead a state militia battery known as Hudson Artillery. (Submitted on February 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Sunken Road or Bloody Lane Virtual Tour by Markers. A collection
Hexamer's Battery and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
3. Hexamer's Battery and Other Markers
The Hexamer's Battery is seen here on the right, next to the mortuary cannon for Gen. Israel Richardson. The Bloody Lane is also visible in the background.
of markers interpreting the action of during the Battle of Antietam around the Sunken Road. (Submitted on February 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Hexamar's (New Jersey) Battery Monuments. HMDB entries for the two monuments. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery Marker
Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
5. Battery Position
Looking over the fence rails at the base of the Observation Tower, Hexamer's Battery occupied a position here during the afternoon of the battle. According to the Antietam Battlefield Board maps, the battery was actually a bit further north at 3 p.m., moving to this position at around 4:20 p.m.
Piper Farm image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
6. Piper Farm
Looking west from Richardson Avenue just south of the Observation Tower at the Piper Farm. Hexamer's Battery fired on Confederate forces defending in this sector, beyond the Piper farm. While skirmishers from the 4th U.S. Infantry approached from the southeast, off the Boonsboro Pike, Hexamer's Battery kept the Confederates fixed. However, by this stage of the battle, neither side had many reserves left to mount any substantial attacks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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