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Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division

 
 
Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division,

Major R.L. Walker, Commanding,
(September 17, 1862.)

Four batteries of this battalion were engaged. McIntosh's (South Carolina) Battery came on the field about 2:30 p.m. and went into position south of the Blackford House about 950 yards southwest of this. After firing a few rounds the battery moved to a position 400 yards north of this, 100 yards east of the road, and opened fire upon the Union artillery and infantry; the men were driven from their guns by the advance of Rodman's Division, Ninth Corps, but returned when the brigades of Toombs and Archer had recovered their guns. Pegram's (Virginia) Battery followed McIntosh's to the field and occupied this spot; one gun was advanced about 580 yards down the ravine in the direction of Snavely's Ford but was quickly driven back. Braxton's (Virginia) Battery was on the hill 270 yards south of this and 130 yards east of the Harper's Ferry road. Crenshaw's (Virginia) Battery, the last of the battalion to arrive on the field from Harper's Ferry, went into position on Braxton's right, between it and Snavely's Lane. The four batteries were actively engaged on the afternoon of the 17th, and remained in position until the Confederate Army retired from the field.
 
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Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Marker
Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 372.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.84′ N, 77° 44.755′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Harpers Ferry Road. Click for map. Located in a tablet cluster at the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue. 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. Munford's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Hill's Light Division, Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); Jackson's Command (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (a few steps from this marker); Pegram’s (Purcell), Virginia Battery (a few steps from this marker); 1st Maryland Artillery (CSA) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing);
Confederate Tablet Cluster at Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Confederate Tablet Cluster at Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue
At the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue stand, from left to right, tablets for Field's Brigade (Number 349), Branch's Brigade (Number 353), Hill's Light Division (Number 348), Munford's Brigade (Number 320), and A.P. Hill's Artillery Battalion (Number 372).
a different marker also named Jackson's Command (approx. ¼ mile away); Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away). 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. A.P. Hill's Division Artillery Battalion. One additional battery not mentioned on the marker was attached to the battalion. Davidson's Richmond 'Letcher' (Va) Battery remained behind at Harpers Ferry as part of the guard force. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Reuben Lindsay Walker. Reuben Lindsay Walker (May 29, 1827 – June 7, 1890) was a Confederate general who served in the artillery during the American Civil War. (Submitted on October 13, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Marker<br>First From the Right image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Artillery Battalion, A.P. Hill's Division Marker
First From the Right
Brigadier General Reuben Lindsay Walker (1827-1890) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Brigadier General Reuben Lindsay Walker (1827-1890)
Crenshaw's and Braxton's Battery Locations image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Crenshaw's and Braxton's Battery Locations
Looking from the south edge of the park boundary. At the close of action, Braxton's Battery occupied a position about in the back yard of the modern house on the right. Crenshaw's Battery occupied a position to the east (left) continuing along the ridge line.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 845 times since then and 11 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, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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