8th Star New Market (VA) Artillery"Rice's Battery"
|Commanding Officer: |
Capt. W. H. Rice
|Statistics for Maryland Campaign|
Initial Strength: 107
1 10-pdr. Parrott
1 3-in. Ordnance Rifle
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
History of the Unit:
"Originally enlisted as the 8th Star Artillery, in honor of Virginia being the 8th state to secede, the 8th Star New Market Artillery came into existance under the leadership of Captain William H. Rice. Men were recruited from the area of New Market, Shenandoah County and the two surrounding counties of Page and Rockingham."
In the Antietam Campaign:
Attached to Jackson's Division in the Organization, this battery was stationed on the Potomac at one of the fords in the vicinity of Williamsport, and was not engaged at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
The battery was combined with Wooding's on 26 September 1862 (per ANV Special Orders 201), and ceased to exist.
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Source: Johnson, Curt & Anderson, Richard C., Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995; and
Moore, Robert H. III, A Brief History of the Battery.
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