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Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery

 
 
Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery

Lieut. Marcus P. Miller, U.S.A. Commanding
(September 17, 1862.)

Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery, belonged to the Artillery Reserve, which was attached to the Fifth Army Corps. On the morning of the 17th, the battery was in the field just east of Porterstown. About 3 p.m., under orders of Brigadier General Geo. Sykes, it reported to Major General Burnside and was put in position on the high ground east of the Rohrbach Lane, from which it overlooked and commanded the approaches to the stone bridge over the Antietam. The Battery was not actively engaged.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 111.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.864′ N, 77° 44.478′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Branch Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery
Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Marker
(here, next to this marker); Battery E, 4th U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General L. O'B. Branch (a few steps from this marker); Rodman's Division, Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Archer's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery. The battery was armed with six 12-pounder Napoleon guns. The effective range of those guns was around 1600 yards, meaning, when in place on the late afternoon of the battle, the battery could barely range the Confederate positions near the tablet location. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Brigadier General Marcus P. Miller - Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Signpost points to the Position of Battery G image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Signpost points to the Position of Battery G
Battery G was 1600 yards east of the tablet location on Rohrbach Lane, close to the Burnside Bridge.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Marker<br>Second From the Right image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery Marker
Second From the Right
Battery Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Battery Location
Looking east from the tablet, with the 16th Connecticut Infantry Monument in the line of sight. Following out from that point is the location of Burnside Bridge, covered by the ridge line with trees. Through the trees is a set of barren low ridges, appearing as green bands. The battery was located on an elevation there to overlook the Burnside Bridge. In effect, Battery G was acting as the last line of defense, should the Confederate counterattack break the Federal lines.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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