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

Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery

 
 
Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery.

Lieut. Samuel E. Benjamin, U.S.A. Commanding.
(September 16-17, 1862.)

On the morning of September 16, Benjamin's Battery took position on the ridge bordering the Antietam, above the Burnside Bridge, engaged the Confederate batteries on and around Cemetery Hill and shelled the infantry north of Sharpsburg. In the afternoon the battery moved to the left (south) and rear, on the high ground about 1950 yards east of this point. Early in the morning of the 17th, it opened fire upon and quickly silenced a Confederate battery which was shelling Rodman's Division. It engaged batteries posted on Cemetery Hill and high ground adjacent and, several times during the day, shelled bodies of infantry. At 3 p.m., the battery changed position to the left in order to shell A.P. Hill's Division as it came upon the field. Its last six rounds of ammunition were used in engaging some heavy guns on the Confederate left.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 106.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.867′ N, 77° 44.477′ W. Marker is near
Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
2. Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Marker
Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Branch Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. 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 marker. Battery E, 4th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Ninth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Battery A, 5th U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General L. O'B. Branch (a few steps from this marker); Rodman's Division, Ninth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson's Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Archer's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Benjamin's Battery, 1st Division, IX Corps. The battery was armed with four 20-pounder Parrott Rifles, some of the largest artillery on the battlefield. Benjamin was later awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished service throughout the war. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Samuel Nicholl Benjamin. Samuel Nicholl Benjamin
U.S. Artillery Tablets image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. U.S. Artillery Tablets
Tablets for E Battery, 4th U.S. (Number 107, on the left) and Battery E, 2nd U.S. (Number 106, on the right) stand beside signs pointing to the battery positions. The position for E Battery 4th U.S. is 580 yards northeast of the tablet. For Battery E, 2nd U.S. the position is 1950 yards northeast.
(January 3, 1839 – May 15, 1886) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor. (Submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Marker<br>Second From the Left image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
4. Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Marker
Second From the Left
Major Samuel Nicholl Benjamin (1839-1886) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Major Samuel Nicholl Benjamin (1839-1886)
Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. Battery E, 2nd U.S. Artillery Position
Looking from the tablet location down the direction of the signpost indicating the battery position. The battery was located on high ground south of H. Rohrbach's House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 958 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 12, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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