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Near Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Swett's Mississippi Battery

Shaver's Brigade - Hardee's Corps

 

—Army of the Mississippi —

 
Swett's Mississippi Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Swett's Mississippi Battery Tablet
The battery was commanded by Captain Charles Swett at the battle.
Inscription.
C.S.
Swett's Mississippi Battery,
Shaver's (1st) Brig., Hardee's Corps,
Army of the Mississippi.

This Battery, forming in rear of right of its brigade, was engaged here from 9.30 a.m. to 12 m. April 6, 1862.

It was again engaged in Ruggles' line of batteries near this place, from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
 
Erected by Shiloh National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number 420.)
 
Location. 35° 8.059′ N, 88° 20.587′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from Corinth-Pittsburg Landing Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located just east of the Ruggles Batteries walking trail, between the Review Field and Duncan Field, in Shiloh National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 154th Tennessee Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Swett's Mississippi Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Statham's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Trigg's Arkansas Battery
Swett's Mississippi Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Swett's Mississippi Battery Position
The battery is represented by a 12-pdr Field Howitzer and a 3.80 inch James Rifle at this location.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hubbard's Arkansas Battery (about 300 feet away); Roberts' Arkansas Battery (about 300 feet away); Byrne's Mississippi Battery (about 400 feet away); Rutledge's Tennessee Battery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Swett's Mississippi Battery at Shiloh.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1841 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. 12-pdr Field Howitzer Model 1841
This particular howitzer was produced by Miles Greenwood & Company at Cincinnati, Ohio. On the left trunnion the number 764 indicates the howitzer weight. On the right side is the year of manufacture - 1861.
James Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
4. James Rifle
While the battery was likely not equipped with such weapons at the battle, this bronze rifled gun was one of the most advanced weapons on the field in April 1862. This particular piece conforms to the 1861 style Ordnance profile and has ten lands and grooves. The registry number 39 is faintly visible on the muzzle, indicating this to be what historians call a "Type 2, Series 4" James Rifle. The gun was inspected by George T. Balch in 1862. At time of inspection the gun weighted 913 pounds.
Swett's Mississippi Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
5. Swett's Mississippi Battery Position
The battery was supported by the 154th (Senior) Tennessee Infantry at this location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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