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Richmond "Hampden" (VA) Artillery

"Caskie's Battery"

 

Commanding Officer at Sharpsburg:
  Capt. William H. Caskie

 

Arms:
  1   10-pdr. Parrott
  3   6-pdr. Gun

The 6-pounders were not at Sharpsburg - they were 'absent' elsewhere during the campaign.

 

This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Jackson's Command
  Division - Jackson's Division
  Brigade - Jackson's Division Artillery


Unit history

"Originally Capt. Lawrence Marye's Hampden Guard in April 1861, this company was organized at the law offices of Lawrence Marye and James Pleasants, but named for the English statesman John Hampden (1594 - 1643). Mustered into service May 11, 1861, the battery was later reorganized as Capt. William H. Caskie's Battery in April, 1862. Serving in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and other engagements, the battery was part of Linsay Shumaker's Artillery Battalion in the latter part of 1862. As a result of the organization of the artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Hampden Artillery's ranks were boosted when the men and equipment of the Thomas Artillery were reassigned to this battery after being disbanded. Finally assigned to the 38th Battalion Va. Lt. Artillery by the close of 1862, the battery continued distinguished service to the close of the war. Captain Caskie, being promoted to major, left John E. Sullivan as the final battery commander."
(from Moore)

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #314: Jackson's Command - 15 Sep, 4 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
Tablet #381: Jackson's Division, Jackson's Command - 16 Sep, 4 PM to 16 Sep, 7 PM
Tablet #315: Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #382: Jackson's Division, Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #382, cont: Jackson's Division, Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM

References & Notes

Brief unit history posted online by Robert Moore, quoted above.

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

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CaptCaskie, William Henderson        We have some details for this person

 

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