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Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery

 
 
Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery Marker
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery,

Lieut. Geo. A. Woodruff, U.S.A. Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)

Between 9 and 10 a.m., Battery I, 1st Artillery, advancing by the Smoketown Road, passed through the East Woods to the assistance of the infantry of Sedgwick's Division, then engaged in the West Woods. The battery went into position about 380 yards North 62° west of this point, opening fire, at once, with canister and checking the advance of the Confederates from the West Woods. A movement of the enemy on its left, from the woods around the Dunkard Church, compelled the battery to retire to this point, its left gun on the road, where it again went into action. It remained in this position until about noon, when it was relieved by Batteries A and C (Consolidated), 4th U.S. Artillery, and withdrawn. At 4 p.m., after replenishing ammunition, the Battery took position on the high ground overlooking the Sunken Road where Richardson's Division had been engaged, and remained until 2 p.m., of the 18th.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 109.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It
Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery Marker, Missing image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery Marker, Missing
was located near 39° 28.745′ N, 77° 44.601′ W. Marker was near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker was on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Batteries A and C 4th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery D, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (a few steps from this marker); Battery F, 5th U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery A (within shouting distance of this marker); Woolfolk’s (Ashland) Virginia Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith's Division, Sixth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); First New Jersey Brigade (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 March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Woodruff's Battery. Sometimes referred to by the battery commander's name, the unit was equipped
Tablets 101 and 109 Beside the Smoketown Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
3. Tablets 101 and 109 Beside the Smoketown Road
with six 12-pdr smoothbore Napoleon guns at the time of the battle. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Lt George Woodruff's Official Report. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Lieut. George Woodruff (d. 1863) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
4. Lieut. George Woodruff (d. 1863)
Woodruff's Battery Checks the Confederate Counterattack image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. Woodruff's Battery Checks the Confederate Counterattack
Woodruff's Battery, deployed in the field in the foreground, was able to fire upon Confederates attacking from the vicinity of the Dunker Church (to the left out of frame). The photo was taken from the Smoketown Road. Cornfield Avenue is on the right side. Later the battery moved to a location near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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