Washington (LA) Artillery, 3rd Company"Miller's Battery"
|Commanding Officer: |
Capt. M. B. Miller
|Statistics for Maryland Campaign|
Initial Strength: not known
Killed in Action (KIA): 2
Wounded (WIA): 10
Missing in Action (MIA): 2
Maps Showing this Unit:
Detail Map #7: Richardson's Division Attacks the Sunken Road
Detail Map #8a: Sykes' Regulars Begin Advance on Sharpsburg
Detail Map #11: Burnside Climbs Toward Sharpsburg
Detail Map #12: AP Hill Hits Burnside's Flank
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #307: Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command - 15 Sep, 8 AM to 16 Sep, 6 AM
Tablet #368: Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 16 Sep, 9 PM
Tablet #366: 2nd, 20th, and 50th Georgia Infantry - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
Tablet #308: Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 3 PM
This Battery's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Longstreet's Command
Division - Longstreet's Corps Artillery
Brigade - 1st Battalion, Longstreet's Corps Artillery
In the Antietam Campaign:
Miller's Battery was 'conspicuous' in helping defend the otherwise open center of Lee's line at Sharpsburg after Gen DH Hill's infantry positions in the Sunken Lane were overrun at about midday on the 17th. Gen Longstreet and his staff helped man a gun in this battery at that time (see the Dale Gallon painting).
This company also had a caisson explode spectacularly after a direct hit from a Federal battery.
Col Walton, in his official report, details the Battery's actions:
At 9.15 a.m. Captain Miller's battery, of four Napoleons, was ordered from its original position to a point to the left of the main road and near our center. Here Captain Miller was so fortunate as to meet with General Longstreet, who assigned him a position. He immediately opened upon the enemy's infantry, which were advancing upon our left and front. Here he suffered considerably from the fire of the enemy's sharpshooters, losing two of his gunners and several of his cannoneers, wounded, when, ascertaining that the enemy was beyond effective range, he was ordered by General Longstreet to cease firing and go under cover. Here he remained twenty minutes, when, the enemy again advancing, he ordered his battery again into position. Lieutenant Hero having been wounded and Lieutenant McElroy having been left to watch the movements of the enemy on the right, Captain Miller found himself the only officer with his company, and, having barely men enough left to work a section effectively, he opened upon the enemy with two pieces with splendid effect. "
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