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

Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery

 
 
Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery,
Army of the Potomac.

(September 17, 1862)

Horse Batteries A, B and L (Consolidated) and M, 2nd U.S. Artillery, C and G (Consolidated) of the 3d U.S. Artillery, were established on the crown of the ridge to the right and left of this point on the morning of September 17. Shortly after noon, their ammunition having been exhausted, they were relieved by Batteries E and G (Consolidated), 1st U.S. Artillery, Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery and recrossed the Antietam for ammunition. Batteries C and G (Consolidated), 3d U.S. Artillery, took position east of the Antietam on the ridge north of the Boonsoboro Pike; the three other batteries returned, at intervals, between 3 and 5 p.m., and resumed their positions, remaining in battery until the close of the day.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.802′ N, 77° 43.91′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west.
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).
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 K, 5th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Battery E, 1st U.S. 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. Horse Artillery of the Cavalry Division. Four batteries that supported Pleasonton's Cavalry Division. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate View of the Federal Batteries image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Confederate View of the Federal Batteries
From the National Cemetery looking east. The Federal horse batteries went into action on the high ground along the Boonsboro Pike. While Tidball's Battery A, 2nd U.S. occupied the open high ground just center left, the other batteries were deployed at positions behind the trees seen along the Pike in the center of of the photo. At first just a light cavalry screen covered the batteries, but as the situation developed the U.S. Regular Infantry regiments deployed across this valley to cover the artillery.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 2 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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