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Battlefield Historical Tablet No. 96

Battery E, 1st US Artillery

1 PM 17 September to 4 PM 17 September

Lieut. Alanson M. Randol, U.S.A., Commanding.

(September 17, 1862.)
   Early in the afternoon of the 17th, Battery E, 1st U.S. Artillery, crossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge and relieved Robertson's Battery (B and L, 2d U.S. Artillery) which was in position on a knoll about 80 yards south of this point. It opened a fire of spherical case on the flank of one of the Confederate Batteries on Cemetery Hill compelling it, apparently, to retire beyond the range of its guns. As the position was an unfavorable one for the use of Artillery and subjected to an annoying fire of the Confederate skirmishers, the Battery was withdrawn and recrossed the Antietam.

Location: north side of the Boonsboro Pike, east of Rodman Avenue (Map 3)


Units described and/or located by this Tablet:

        1st United States Artillery, Batteries E and G

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 16830]

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