Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Load” “Commence Firing”
"To the Field Artillery belongs the service of the batteries which manoeuver with the troops on the field of battle. It is divided into two parts. Horse Artillery, which is generally attached to and manoeuvers with cavalry, the cannoneers being mounted on horseback; and Mounted Artillery, which is generally attached to and manoeuvers with infantry, the cannoneers marching at the sides of their pieces or, when necessary, mounting the ammunition chests."
The cannon "are assembled in batteries of six pieces on the war establishment."
"The cannoneers of a piece when united for the service of the gun constitute a detachment, which is composed ordinarily of eight men, commanded by the gunner."
"It consists of a frame, mounted on wheels, for the transport of two ammunition chests, a spare wheel, and other spare parts, tools, etc. Its limber is similar to that of the piece. In case of necessity, cannoneers may be transported on the chests."
"The limber is the forward part of the carriage, and runs upon
"The gunner gives all executive commands in action .... When the piece is loaded and pointed, he removes the hausse (sight), gives the command READY, and, stepping clear of the wheel to the side where he can best observe the effect of his shot, gives the command FIRE."
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 28.491′ N, 77° 44.742′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at an artillery display just to the north of the Antietam National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 10-Pounder Parrott Rifle (a few steps from this marker); 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle (a few steps from this marker); Lee’s Artillery Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); A Converging Storm of Iron (a few steps from this marker); Model 1841 6-Pounder Gun (a few steps from this marker); A Savage Continual Thunder (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a drawing from the Ordnance Manual of 1861 depicting a caisson. In the center is an Alfred R. Waud drawing of Union artillery at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, June 30, 1862. On the lower right is an illustration from Patton's Artillery Drill of 1861 showing Posts of cannoneers. Piece unlimbered.
Regarding “Load” “Commence Firing”. This marker was replaced by one named "A Savage Continual Thunder" (see nearby markers).
Also see . . . Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 904 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.