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

Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery

 
 
Van Reed's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. Van Reed's Battery Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery,

Lieut. William E. Van Reed, U.S.A., Commanding.
(September 17, 1862.)

Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery, crossed the Antietam, by the Middle Bridge and about 2 p.m., September 17, relieved Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery, taking position on the ridge immediately north of this point. After the expenditure of 400 rounds of ammunition at 5 p.m., the battery was relieved in turn, by Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery, soon after which it recrossed the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 97.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.802′ N, 77° 43.906′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in a cluster of Federal artillery tablets. 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 M, 2d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery
Federal Artillery Tablet Cluster on Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Federal Artillery Tablet Cluster on Boonsboro Pike
Closest to the camera to furthest: Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (Number 30), Battery K, 5th U.S. (Number 97), Battery M, 2d U.S. (Number 93), Batteries B and L, 2d U.S. (Number 94), Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. (Number 95), Battery E, 1st U.S. (Number 96), and Battery A, 2d U.S. (Number 92).
(here, next to this marker); Batteries C and G, 3d U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Horse Batteries and Reserve Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery (here, next to this marker); Battery A, 2d U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); V Corps, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Twelfth United States Infantry (about 300 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 April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery, V Corps. Van Reed's Battery was armed with four 12-pounder Napoleon smoothbore guns. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 754 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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