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

Reserve Artillery

Army of Northern Virginia

 
 
Artillery Reserve Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Artillery Reserve Tablet
Inscription.  
C.S.A.
Reserve Artillery,
Army of Northern Virginia,

Brig. Gen. William N. Pendleton, Commanding.
September 16-18, 1862.

A portion of the Reserve Artillery took part in the battle of September 16-17; The rest was posted at the fords, in the vicinity of Williamsport and Shepherdstown, to command the crossings of the Potomac River.

On the 16th the artillery was posted on the high ground either side of the Boonsboro' Pike, east of Sharpsburg, from which it engaged the long-range artillery of the Army of the Potomac which occupied the high ground on the east side of the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 355.)
 
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 month for this entry is September 1840.
 
Location. 39° 27.627′ N, 77° 44.474′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro Pike (State Highway 34), on
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the right when traveling east. Located to the east of the National Cemetery entrance. 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. Jones' Battalion, Reserve Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Squires’ Battery, 1st Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans (within shouting distance of this marker); Not For Themselves, But For Their Country (within shouting distance of this marker); Antietam National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th New York Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Pendleton's Official Report. General Pendleton's report of the campaign. (Submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
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Artillery Reserve Tablet at the National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
2. Artillery Reserve Tablet at the National Cemetery
Reserve Artillery Organization

Not detailed on the tablet, but the Reserve Artillery comprised of four battalions plus four separate batteries. Cutt's Battalion consisted of Blackshears' (Ga) Battery, Irwin (Ga.) Artillery, Lloyd's (N.C.) Battery, and Ross' (Ga.) Battery. Jones' Battalion included Morris (Va.) Artillery, Orange (Va.) Artillery, Turner's (Va.) Battery, and Winbish's (Va.) Battery. Brown's Battalion consisted of the Powhatan Artillery, 2nd and 3rd Companies of the Richmond Howitzers, Salem Artillery, and Williamsburg Artillery. Nelson's Battery included the Amherst (Va.) Artillery, Fluvanna (Va.) Artillery, Huckstep's (Va.) Battery, Johnson's (Va.) Battery, and Milledge (Ga.) Battery. The separate batteries were Cutshaw's (Va.), Magruder Artillery, Dixie (Va.) Artillery, and Rice's (Va.) Battery.
    — Submitted April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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