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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 307

Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command

8 AM 15 September to 6 AM 16 September

Col. J      B. Walton, Commanding.
1st Company, Washington Artillery, La.
2nd Company, Washington Artillery, La.
3rd Company, Washington Artillery, La.
4th Company, Washington Artillery, La.

(September 15-16, 1862.)
   The Washington Artillery crossed the Antietam about 9 A.M. of the 15th and took position on the high ground overlooking the creek to the east and south of Sharpsburg. The left wing, composed of the 1st and 3rd Companies, rested on the Boonsboro Pike, on ground now occupied by the National Cemetery; the right, composed of the 2nd and 4th Companies, was posted on the bluffs commanding the approaches to the Burnside Bridge. During the afternoon of the 15th and morning of the 16th it became engaged with the enemy's heavy Batteries on the opposite side of Antietam Creek.

Location: south side of the Boonsboro Pike, west of Rodman Avenue (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

    1st Battalion, Longstreet's Corps Artillery
        Washington (LA) Artillery, 1st Company
        Washington (LA) Artillery, 2nd Company
        Washington (LA) Artillery, 3rd Company
        Washington (LA) Artillery, 4th Company

Source: The Antietam Battlefield Board1


1   Antietam Board, Antietam Battlefield Commission Papers, Washington DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1891-1898, Entry 707, Record Group 92 (Historical Tablet text by Generals E.A. Carman and H. Heth)  [AotW citation 16760]

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