Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery
Capt. John A. Tompkins
This battery of six rifled 10 lb. Parrott guns provided exceptional support to the Second Corps infantry during their attacks on the Sunken Road. They fired over 1,000 rounds in three hours. At one point, Confederate soldiers charged directly into their position, leading to a hand to hand melee. The battery retired only after expending all of their ammunition.
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location. 39° 28.441′ N, 77° 44.616′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Mummas Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Antietam Battlefield, just southeast of the visitor 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 marker. I Found the Enemy in Great Force (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twentieth Regiment (about 400 feet away); Battlefield Namesake (about 500 feet away); The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (about 500 feet away); Old Vermont Brigade (about 500 feet away); New York State Monument (about 500 A Savage Continual Thunder (about 600 feet away); A Converging Storm of Iron (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
More about this marker. A portrait of Capt. Tompkins appears at the bottom of the marker.
Also see . . . The Battle of Antietam. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.