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

Welker's Battery

Battery H, 1st Missouri Lt. Arty. - W.H.L. Wallace's Division

 

—Army of the Tennessee —

 
Welker's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Welker's Battery Tablet
The battery was commanded by Captain Frederick Welker at the battle.
Inscription.
U.S.
Welker's Battery,
"H" 1st Mo. Lt. Art., W.H.L. Wallace's (2d) Div.,
Army of the Tennessee.

This battery was in position here from 4.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 1862.
 
Erected by Shiloh National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number 112.)
 
Location. 35° 9.044′ N, 88° 19.601′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Pittsburg Landing Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located south of the visitor center, along Grant's Last Line, 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. 15th Illinois - 25th Indiana (a few steps from this marker); 64th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 56th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 68th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Ohio Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Lauman's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker);
Welker's Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Welker's Battery Position
A rifled 6-pdr Field Gun, two James Rifles, and a 12-pdr Howitzer represent the battery at this location.
65th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Last Line (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Welker's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Gathman, March 18, 2011
3. Welker's Battery Marker
Looking southwest.
Rifled 6-pdr Model 1841 Field Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
4. Rifled 6-pdr Model 1841 Field Gun
This 6-pdr Field Gun, cast by Ames Company Foundry in Massachusetts in 1853, was rifled either before or at the beginning of the war. Over the breech is the inscription "Rifled by C. Alger, Boston, Mass." The gun was inspected by Louis A. de Barth Walbach when initially built, and weighed 884 pounds. The gun was given 10 groove rifling, but retained the 3.67-inch bore diameter.
12-pdr Model 1835 Field Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
5. 12-pdr Model 1835 Field Howitzer
This field howitzer was cast in 1837 by N.P. Ames of Massachusetts. Based on the markings on the breech, it is registry number 6, inspected by George Talcott, weighing 729 pounds. The Model 1835 was slightly smaller in exterior diameter than the later, and more widely produced, Model 1841. As result the early model weighed about 70 pounds less on average.
Muzzle of James 3.80-inch Rifle, Type 2, Series 4 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
6. Muzzle of James 3.80-inch Rifle, Type 2, Series 4
The middle two pieces at the battery position are both James Rifles "Type 2, Series 4." This piece has the registry number 57 on the muzzle. It was inspected by George T. Balch in 1862. It weighed 917 pounds when produced by Ames Manufacturing of Massachusetts. Like all James Type 2, Series 4, it has 10-groove rifling. The companion piece on the other side of the tablet is registry number 59, weighing 921 pounds. Otherwise it has similar markings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on May 29, 2011, by Allen Gathman of Pocahontas, Missouri.   4, 5, 6. submitted on August 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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