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Unit

Confederate Regiment

Palmetto (SC) Light Artillery

"Garden's Battery"
Commanding Officer:
  Capt. Hugh R. Garden
Arms:
  2   12-pdr. howitzer
  2   6-pdr. Gun

Maps Showing this Unit:
   Detail Map #8a: Sykes' Regulars Begin Advance on Sharpsburg
   Detail Map #8b: Sykes' Regulars Near Sharpsburg
   Detail Map #11: Burnside Climbs Toward Sharpsburg

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
   Tablet #303: Longstreet's Command - 14 Sep, 9 PM to 15 Sep, 12 PM
   Tablet #309: Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command - 14 Sep, 9 PM to 16 Sep, 11 PM
   Tablet #311: Reserve Artillery, Hood's Division - 15 Sep, 12 PM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
   Tablet #368: Jones' Division, Longstreet's Command - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 16 Sep, 9 PM
   Tablet #327: Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
   Tablet #304: Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 3 PM
   Tablet #310: Hood's Division, Longstreet's Command - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Longstreet's Command
  Division - Hood's Division
  Brigade - Hood's Division Artillery



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History of the Unit:
The Palmetto Light Artillery was raised by Captain Hugh R. Garden in 1862. The men came from the areas of Sumter, Columbia, and Cheraw in South Carolina and fought in the Army of Northern Virginia for the rest of the war.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Starting just after noon, they fired on the advancing Federal line crossing Burnside's Bridge. Together with the Howitzer section of Reilly's Battery and Toomb's Ga infantry they kept the Federals at bay for over five hours, until A.P. Hills division could reach the scene. PLA had nine horses killed, five wounded, eleven men wounded including one Lt. (who died after his leg was amputated), and two guns disabled (but not captured).

More on the Web:
See a nice History Page from the Palmetto Light reenactors. Text from this site.

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

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CaptGarden, Hugh Richardson        We have some details for this person

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