Amherst (VA) Artillery"Kirkpatrick's Battery"
Organized: Amherst County, VA; mustered in 7/24/1861
|Commanding Officer: |
Capt. T. J. Kirkpatrick
2 12-pdr. howitzer
2 6-pdr. Gun
Battlefield Tablet for this Unit:
Tablet #355: Reserve Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia - 16 Sep, 12 PM to 18 Sep, 6 AM
This Battery's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Jackson's Command
Division - Jackson's Corps Reserve Artillery
Brigade - Nelson's Artillery Battalion
History of the Unit:
The Amherst Artillery was officially organized on July 24, 1861 in Amherst County, Virginia. The original, and only battery commander for the entire war, was Captain Thomas Jellis Kirkpatrick.
In the Antietam Campaign:
This battery was one in the artillery battalions of Brown and Nelson who were guarding the Potomac fords near Williamsport and Shepherdstown on the Campaign. They were on the Virginia side of the river about a mile below Shepherdstown, and were not engaged at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
They suffered their first battle death at Cold Harbor in June 1864. In March 1865 most of its members were captured at Waynesboro, Virginia.
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