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Maryland Light Artillery, Battery B

"Snow's Battery"
Organized: Baltimore, MD; mustered in October 1861


Commanding Officer at Antietam:
  Lt. Theodore J. Vanneman


  6   3-in. Ordnance Rifle


This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Sixth (VI) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, VI Corps
  Brigade - 2nd Division, VI Corps Artillery

Unit history

Organized at Baltimore and Pikesville, Md., in September and October, 1861, to serve three years, Battery B was originally a part of the Purnell Legion.

They were sent to the eastern shore of Virginia in the latter part of the year of 1861. In the summer of 1862, Battery B was sent to the Army of the Potomac, then on the Peninsula.

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #102: Sixth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 4 PM
Tablet #72: Smith's Division, Sixth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 19 Sep, 9 AM

More on the Web

An exhibit on the Battery was presented (2003) at Port Deposit's Paw Paw Museum. See the announcement of publication of a book of the letters of the men of the Battery, Snowball's Chance, by the Museum's curator Erika L. Quesenbery.

References & Notes

Source: L. Allison Wilmer, J. H. Jarrett and Geo. W. F. Vernon, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Volume 1. (Baltimore: Guggenheimer, Weil, & Co., 1899).;
Maryland Archives Volume 367, Page 803, also online.

We have one individual in the AotW database for this unit:


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--LtVanneman, Theodore Joseph        We have some details for this person


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