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Confederate Battery

8th Star New Market (VA) Artillery

"Rice's Battery"
Commanding Officer:
  Capt. W. H. Rice
Statistics for Maryland Campaign
  Initial Strength: 107

Arms:
  1   10-pdr. Parrott
  1   3-in. Ordnance Rifle
  1   Napoleon

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



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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."
(from Moore)

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

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