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Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery

 
 
Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery
Inscription.  
U.S.A.
Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery.

Lieut. Chas. P. Muhlenburg, U.S.A. Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)

On the morning of the 17th, Battery A was in position on the crest of the hill east of the Rohrbach Lane, east of and overlooking the Stone Bridge over the Antietam. In the afternoon the battery crossed the bridge and went into position on the ridge 730 yards a little south of east of this point and engaged the Confederate artillery and infantry. Later in the day the battery moved about 60 yards west and 100 yards south of its first position, more effectually to check a flank movement of A.P. Hill's Division. At night the battery was withdrawn to the cover of the ridge on which it had been engaged.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 112.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 39° 26.862′ N, 77° 44.479′ 
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W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Branch Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery (a few steps from 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodman's Division, Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Archer's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map 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 A, 5th U.S. Artillery, 3rd Division, IX Corps. The battery was armed with six 12-pounder Napoleon guns during the battle. (Submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery Marker
Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery Position
The sign post points out the battery's position, 730 yards east of the tablet location.
Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery Marker<br>First From the Left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery Marker
First From the Left
Muhlenburg's Battery Position West of the Creek image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
5. Muhlenburg's Battery Position West of the Creek
In the later stages of the battle, after 3 p.m. on the 17th, Battery A occupied a position on the ridge just west of Antietam Creek, south of Burnside Bridge. The position is just south of the William McKinley Monument, near the parking area for the Burnside Bridge tour stop. Battery A faced west and helped check Confederate attempts to roll up the Federal lines from the south. The battery was in action close to the copse of trees in the field, on the distant right of the photo, facing to the west (right).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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