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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 308

Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command

8 AM 17 September to 3 PM 17 September

Col. J     B. Walton, Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   During the forenoon the Washington Artillery was engaged with the enemy's heavy Batteries on the opposite side of Antietam Creek. At 9:15 the 3d Company, Miller, was sent to Piper's Orchard and engaged the enemy in the Bloody Lane. At noon the 4th Company, Eshleman, was moved farther to the right to guard the fords below the Burnside Bridge. At 1 P.M., the 2d Company, Richardson, having a gun disabled, was withdrawn to Sharpsburg from the high ground commanding the Burnside Bridge. Between 2 and 3 P.M., upon the advance of the enemy, the 1st Company, Squires, was withdrawn from the Cemetery position, and, joined by the 2d Company which was in the town and by the 3d Company which had returned from the Bloody Lane, moved to the Harpers Ferry Road to assist Toombs' Brigade in checking the advance of the Ninth Corps.

Location: south side of the Boonsboro Pike, west of Rodman Avenue (Map 4)


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 16837]

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