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Confederate Battery

Macbeth (SC) Artillery

"Boyce's Battery"
Mustered in on 8/29/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: 4/1865

 

Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Capt. R. Boyce

 

Arms:
  6   Artillery of Unknown Type(s)

 

This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Longstreet's Command
  Brigade - Evans' (Independent) Brigade


Unit history

Organized during the Summer of 1861 (29 August 1861), with men recruited initially from Union and later from the Berkeley County South Carolina area; sent to Virginia in mid-July 1862.

Served through the war, generally attached to Gen N. Evans' Independent Brigade.

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

In his after-action Report General D.H. Hill described them at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

Affairs looked very critical. I found a battery concealed in a corn-field, and ordered it to move out and open upon the Yankee columns. This proved to be Boyce's South Carolina battery. It moved out most gallantly, although exposed to a terrible direct and reverse fire from the long-range Yankee artillery across the Antietam. A caisson exploded, but the battery unlimbered, and with grape and canister drove the Yankees back.

Statistics

Initial Strength: 115; Killed in Action (KIA): 2; Wounded (WIA): 17;
Losses, % of Initial Strength: 16.5%

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #303: Longstreet's Command - 14 Sep, 9 PM to 15 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #312: Evans' Brigade, Longstreet's Command - 14 Sep, 9 PM to 16 Sep, 9 PM
Tablet #313: Evans' Brigade, Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 4 PM
Tablet #304: Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 3 PM

References & Notes

Basic data from Sifakis, Stewart, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia, Facts on File, 1995; found online at SC Artillery ...

We have 8 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CaptBoyce, Robert         We have some details for this person
--SgtDawkins, Thomas E.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--SgtGlenn, Barney T.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--LtJeter, Berry Argivis        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--PvtMiller, Burr NapoleonMWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtRogers, James KIA   09/17
--LtScaife, Hazel FurmanWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtShirly, E. MWIA   09/17

 

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