Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery
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, one 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 After losing three men killed the battery was relieved by Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery and withdrawn to replenish ammunition.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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker 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° 27.802′ N, 77° 43.904′ 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 7 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 December 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.