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Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command

 
 
Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command,

Colonel Stephen D. Lee, C.S.A., Commanding.
Organization.
Ashland (Va.) Artillery
Madison (La.) Artillery
Bedford (Va.) Artillery
Eubanks' (Va.) Artillery
Brooks (S.C.) Artillery
Parker's (Va.) Battery.
(September 17, 1862.)

At daybreak of the 17th the Ashland Artillery, the Bedford Artillery, the Brooks Artillery and Parker's Battery, went into position on the ridge east of the Dunkard Church. At about 7 a.m., the Brooks Artillery was withdrawn and the Madison Artillery took its place, one section advancing to the open field north. About 8:15 a.m., the batteries were withdrawn to a position west of the Hagerstown Road and about 600 yards south of the Dunkard Church. At 9 a.m. they were withdrawn to Sharpsburg. At 3 p.m. they formed on the high ground commanding the Boonsboro Pike and the Middle Bridge over the Antietam. Eubanks' Battery was detached from the battalion on the 15th and was in support to Toombs' Brigade in front of the Burnside Bridge.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 306.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location.
Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker
39° 28.523′ N, 77° 44.781′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike and Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling north on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike. Touch for map. Located at stop one of the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, across the road from the Dunker Church in a tablet cluster. 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. Greene's Division, Twelfth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Twelfth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Second Army Corps (here, next to this marker); 5th, 7th and 66th Ohio Infantry Monument (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Twelfth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); Dunkard Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Destroy the Rebel Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Beacon of Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield.
Tablet Cluster Opposite the Dunker Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Tablet Cluster Opposite the Dunker Church
Five numbered tablets, with one continuation tablet, stand in front of the Dunker Church on the east side of the old Pike. These are, from furthest from the camera, Tyndale's Brigade (53), Second Army Corps (116), continuation tablet for 116, Goodrich's Brigade (114), Greene's Division (51), and Reserve Artillery of Longstreet's Command (306).
National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 2nd Battalion, Longstreet's Corps Artillery. Colonel S.D. Lee was a distant relative of General Robert E. Lee, and hailed from South Carolina. Some have attributed him with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker<br>First From the Right image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Reserve Artillery, Longstreet's Command Marker
First From the Right
S.D. Lee's Battalion Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
5. S.D. Lee's Battalion Position
S.D. Lee's artillery battalion occupied the ground between the Dunker Church and the modern Visitors Center during the early phases of the battle. Today an artillery display serves to familiarize visitors to Civil War cannon and cannoneers.
Parrott Rifle at the Artillery Display image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
6. Parrott Rifle at the Artillery Display
Looking down the barrel of this 3-inch Model 1863 Parrott Rifle, one can see the Cornfield and the East Woods on the upper right distance. From positions here S.D. Lee's artillerists were able to support the Confederate infantry during the see-saw fighting across the Cornfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 906 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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