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

Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery

 
 
Robertson's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Robertson's Battery Tablet
Inscription.  
U.S.A.
Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery.

Captain Jas. M. Robertson, U.S.A., Commanding
(September 17, 1862.)

Horse Batteries B and L (Consolidated), 2nd U.S. Artillery, crossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge, in the forenoon of September 17, and went into position on a knoll 80 yards south of this point and engaged the enemy. It was soon disabled by the fire of the Confederate Artillery from Cemetery Hill and withdrawn, its position being taken by Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery. One section of the Battery, under command of Lieut. Albert O. Vincent, moved to the northwest about 860 yards and engaged a Confederate battery posted in the northern part of Piper's orchard. The battery was withdrawn before dark and returned to its bivouac near Keedysville.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 94.)
 
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 date for this entry is September 17, 1864.
 
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27.802′ N, 77° 43.903′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Located in a cluster of Federal artillery tablets. 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. Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery K, 5th 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Federal Artillery Tablet Cluster on Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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).
Robertson's Battery Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. Robertson's Battery Position
Initially posted here on a knoll just southeast of the modern picnic area, the battery was under heavy fire from Confederate guns on Cemetery Hill. They were replaced on this position by Battery E, 1st U.S. (Randol's).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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