9th New York Infantry, Company K"Whiting's Battery"
Organized: New York City, NY; mustered in 4/23/1861
|Commanding Officer: |
Capt. James R. Whiting
|Statistics for Maryland Campaign|
Initial Strength: 96
5 Naval Howitzer
These were: 2 Rifled, 3 smoothbore.
Map Showing this Unit:
Detail Map #10: Rodman's Division Crosses at Snavely's Ford
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #56: Ninth Army Corps - 15 Sep, 7 AM to 16 Sep, 3 PM
Tablet #122: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 10 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #70, cont: Ninth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 3 PM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
Tablet #65: Rodman's Division, Ninth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
Tablet #70: Ninth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 3 PM
Tablet #57: Ninth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
This Battery's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - Ninth (IX) Army Corps
Division - 3rd Division, IX Corps
Brigade - 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps
History of the Unit:
Actually part of the 9th NY Infantry (Hawkins' Zouaves), Company K was Capt Whiting's Battery of Artillery.
The battery was one of only two units in the Maryland Campaign (the other was Grimes' Confederate battery) armed with Naval Howitzers. The 9th had 5 12-pounders, 2 rifled and 3 smooth-bored. These were also known as "boat howitzers" because they were usually used in small Navy vessels. They were fitted with special wrought iron carriages for field use.
In the Antietam Campaign:
The battery was present with the IX Corps, and acted in support to the infantry crossing at Snavely's Ford on the late morning of September 17th.
"... Rodman moved from his position on the high ridge at 10.30 a.m., crossed the Rohrersville road about 1000 yards below the bridge, marched some 500 yards after crossing the road, and halted opposite the great bend in the Antietam, where the course of the stream changes from due south to west. Whiting's five guns were put in position to shell the wooded bluff opposite the ford by which it was proposed to cross, and shelled the road and woods on the opposite side of the creek, driving the enemy from their positions. This fire of Whiting's enfiladed the line of Georgians, at and below the bridge, and the annoyance it caused them is referred to in some of their reports. Meanwhile skirmishers had gone down to the creek and Rodman had come to the conclusion that this ford was not one that could be crossed and directed Colonel Harland to make further reconnaissance. "
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Source: Carman, Ezra Ayres, Antietam Manuscript (unpublished), Chapter 21, excerpted online.
* If there's a symbol in the Details column ...
We have a picture for this person
We have details beyond name and rank
Click on their last name to see more
« Search for Another Unit