Near Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chew’s Ashby Artillery
One of Chew’s crew wrote: “At about ten o’clock we saw the first of the Yankee host, about three miles away, approaching our gap cautiously and slowly. As they drew nearer the whole country seemed to be full of bluecoats. They were so numerous that it looked as if they were creeping up out of the ground—and what would or could our little force of some three to four hundred available men standing halfway up a bushy, stony mountain side do with such a mighty host that was advancing on us with flying banners? As they came nearer to the mountain they threw out a heavy skirmish line of infantry on both sides of the road,
Chew withdrew the Blakeley, but the rest of the battery held its position until late in the day. Shortly before the arrival of Cobb’s Legion, the battery retired to the opposite side of the mountain.
Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb
16th Ga., 24th Ga., Cobb’s Legion, 15th N.C.
Brig. Gen. Paul J. Semmes
Col. Thomas T. Munford
2nd Va. Cav., 12th Va. Cav., Chew’s Battery
Col. William A. Parham
6th Va., 12th Va., 16th Va., Portsmouth Light Arty.
Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, VI Corps
Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum
1st N.J., 2nd N.J., 3rd N.J., 4th N.J.
27th N.Y. 16th N.Y., 5th Me., 96th Pa.
Brig. Gen. Newton
18th N.Y., 31st N.Y., 32nd N.Y., 95th Pa.
Maj. Gen. William F. (Baldy) Smith
Brig. Gen. Brooks
2nd Vt., 3rd Vt. (nc), 4th Vt., 5th Vt. (nc), 6th Vt (nc)
Interpretation of this battlefield has been presented by the members of the Blue and Gray Education Society, Len Riedel, Executive Director.
Erected by Blue and Gray Education Society.
Location. 39° 24.087′ N, 77° 38.27′ W. Marker is near Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Gapland Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burkittsville: Henry Burkitt’s Town (here, next to this marker); “Sealed With Their Lives” (here, next to this marker); Gath's Empty Tomb (approx. ¼ mile away); Mausoleum (approx. ¼ mile away); Brownsville Pass: Semmes’ Gamble GATH: The Man and His Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Troup Light Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Padgett’s Field: Confederate Last Stand (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of Captain R. Preston Chew, a photograph of a cannon firing, and a map of the unit dispositions at the battle.
Also see . . .
1. Chew’s Ashby Artillery Unit Profile. (Submitted on August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Blakely Cannon. So confusing are the details about the British made Blakely’s, enthusiasts have classified them by using an arbitrary “type” number. Most likely Chew’s battery used on of the 3.5in type, which are sometimes (underscoring the confusion) called 3.4 in. or 12-pounder rifles. Even the inventor’s name is spelled with variation among sources—Blakeley vs. Blakely! (Submitted on August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. History of Chew’s Battery. (Submitted on August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,907 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.