Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery
Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery.
Captain John C. Tidball, U.S.A. Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)
Horse Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery, moved from its bivouac near Keedysville on the morning of the 17th, crossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge and, preceded and supported by the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, went into position on the crest of this ridge about 160 yards north of this point and engaged the Confederate artillery on Cemetery Hill and the ridge north of it. At noon it was relieved to replenish ammunition. About 3 p.m., it returned to its original position and again engaged the enemy. The right section, in charge of Lieut. A.C.M. Pennington, advanced about 650 yards to the right and front, took position on the flank of Richardson's Division and engaged a Confederate battery west of the Hagerstown Pike and a few yards north of where Piper's Lane intersects it. The Battery withdrew at dusk and recrossed the Antietam.
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 92.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 27.804′ N, 77° 43.895′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg Click for map. Located in a cluster of Federal artillery tablets. 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 E, 1st U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (a few steps from this marker); V Corps, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twelfth United States Infantry (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Tidball's Battery of the Horse Artillery. Tidball's Battery was armed with between four and six 3-inch Ordnance Rifled Cannon. (Submitted on April 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The Wild Cat Battery. Battery A had a distinguished service (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Citations from the Captions
The citations for the captions were taken from Artillery Hell: The Employment of Artillery at Antietam, by Curt Johnson and Richard C. Anderson, Jr. The after action report of Captain Tidball is reprinted on pages 111-113. It was for some reason omitted from the Official Records but preserved in the papers of General Henry Hunt. Tidball further reported the loss of one man killed and three wounded. The battery expended 1200 rounds during the day. Closing his report, Tidball wrote, ...I beg leave to add that the use of horse batteries being a new thing in our service, does not appear to be very well comprehended by those [indistinct] whose command they most frequently [indistinct]....If, when the crisis
— Submitted April 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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