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New Hampshire Light Artillery, First Battery

 

Commanding Officer on the Antietam Campaign:
  Frederick M Edgell

 

Arms:
  6   Napoleon

May have had only 5 guns at Antietam.

 

This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - First (I) Army Corps
  Division - 1st Division, I Corps
  Brigade - 1st Division, I Corps Artillery


Unit history

Also known as Battery A.

The battery did not fare well at 2nd Manassas (29 August 1862), losing it's commander, Capt Gerrish (wounded and captured) and one of its Napoleons (captured).

On the Antietam Campaign

"It commenced the action [at Antietam on 17 September 1862] on the extreme right of the line at daylight, rendering efficient service, dislodging the enemy's battery in forty-five minutes; later taking position in the noted corn field in front of the Dunker stone church, helping to repel the desperate charges of the enemy, being engaged a third time during the afternoon nearer the village of Sharpsburgh. Our losses were few-three privates wounded slightly, a few horses killed, and one gun disabled. After the withdrawal of Gen. R.E. Lee's army across the Potomac river, the battery encamped on the battlefield near Sharpsburgh, Md., until Sunday, October 26, when our corps was put in motion for Virginia. On the 30th it crossed the Potomac on pontoon bridges, passing down the Leesburg Pike." 1

Statistics

Initial Strength: not known; Wounded (WIA): 3;

Map Showing this Unit

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #1: First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #13: Doubleday's Division, First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #25: Doubleday's Division Artillery - 16 Sep, 6 PM to 17 Sep, 5 AM
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #2: Doubleday's Division, First Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
Tablet #3: Doubleday's Division, First Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM

We have 3 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--SgtChamberlin, William N.WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--LtEdgell, Frederick M.        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--CorpWelch, Thomas Sylvester DominicWIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person

 

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Notes

1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 2, pp. 892-893  [AotW citation 20324]