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

Battery A

1st MD Light Artillery

 
 
Battery A Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
1. Battery A Monument
Inscription.
Maryland
Battery A
1st MD Light Artillery
1st Slocum's Division
6th Franklin's Corps
The battery under the
command of Capt.
John W. Wolcott
occupied a line 100
feet in rear
of this marker and facing
Dunkard Church. Loss
1 killed, 11 wounded.
The monument to the
Maryland troops is
near the Dunkard
Church.

 
Erected 1900 by State of Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 28.716′ N, 77° 44.623′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Mummas Lane, on the left when traveling south on Smoketown Road. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Woolfolk’s (Ashland) Virginia Battery (here, next to this marker); Hexamer's (New Jersey) Battery (a few steps from this marker); Battery F, 5th U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Batteries A and C 4th U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery D, 2d U.S. Artillery (within shouting
Battery A Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Battery A Monument
distance of this marker); Battery I, 1st U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Jackson's Command (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith's Division, Sixth Army Corps (about 400 feet away); Sixth Army Corps (about 500 feet away); First New Jersey Brigade (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1st Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Wolcott's Battery. The battery was assigned to 1st Division, VI Corps in a battalion commanded by Captain Emory Upton. The battery carried eight 3-in Ordnance Rifled guns into action. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery A Monument at the Intersection image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Battery A Monument at the Intersection
Battery A Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Battery A Monument
The Battery's View of the Dunker Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2007
5. The Battery's View of the Dunker Church
Taken from near the marker location, the battery had a similar view of Confederate positions beyond the Hagerstown Road near the Dunker Church. The church is the white building past the Maryland State Monument on the right side of the photo. The Smoketown Road runs the right side of the frame.
Wolcott's Battery Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
6. Wolcott's Battery Location
In the afternoon of the 17th, Wolcott's Battery was among several massed along the Federal lines between the Mumma Farm and the Cornfield. The eight guns of the battery faced toward the Dunkard Church, anticipating renewed attacks from Confederates in that vicinity. The battery was arrayed roughly in the center of the field in the foreground here. This view looks from Cornfield Avenue, to the south towards Smoketown Road. The Battery monument can be seen just to the right of the car on the Smoketown Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 794 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on August 3, 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.   6. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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