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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery

 
 
Hains' Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Hains' Battery Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery.

Lieut. Peter C. Hains, U.S.A. Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)

Horse Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery, crossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge, in the forenoon of the 17th and, preceded by the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Colonel Childs Commanding, and Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery, advanced by the road to this point and went into position, on section on the right of the road, the other on the left. The battery was subjected to a heavy fire from the Confederate Artillery on Cemetery Hill, and from infantry skirmishers posted behind fences and stone walls. After losing three men killed the battery was relieved by Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery and withdrawn to replenish ammunition. About 5 p.m. it returned and went into position on the right of the road, its left a few feet from this point, and directed its fire at the Confederate infantry on the Piper Farm, which was continued until nearly dark when it recrossed the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 93.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.802′ N, 77° 43.904′ 
Federal Artillery Tablet Cluster on Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Federal Artillery Tablet Cluster on Boonsboro Pike
Closest to the camera to furthest: Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (Number 30), Battery K, 5th U.S. (Number 97), Battery M, 2d U.S. (Number 93), Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. (Number 94), Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. (Number 95), Battery E, 1st U.S. (Number 96), and Battery A, 2d U.S. (Number 92).
W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. 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. Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); V Corps, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Twelfth United States Infantry (about 300 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 April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battery M, 2nd U.S. Artillery, Cavalry Division. The battery went into action with six 3-inch Ordnance Rifled cannon. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Modern Picnic Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2008
3. Modern Picnic Area
Around noon, Hains' Battery were in position on high ground astride the Boonsboro Pike. The modern road has shifted a bit, but the location is very close to the modern picnic area.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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