Commanding Officer on the Antietam Campaign:
Capt. James H. Cooper
4 3-in. Ordnance Rifle
This Battery's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - First Army Corps
Division - 3rd Division, 1st Corps
Brigade - 3rd Division, 1st Corps Artillery
"Henry T. Danforth, who served in Bragg's regular battery in the Mexican war, was its first captain, from which he was promoted to the lieutenant-colonelcy of the regiment. He was killed in action at Charles City Cross Roads, Virginia. Our next captain was James H. Cooper, who commanded more than three years, till August 8, 1864, refusing all promotions."
On the Antietam Campaign
"At Antietam, on the evening of September 16, we advanced with the skirmish line, and with the brave 'Bucktails' opened the battle near the 'East Wood.'
"Next morning and day we were in position on Poffenberger's ridge whereon were thirty guns. Here we shelled and engaged the enemy south of us, towards the Dunker Church, protected the Union right, and repulsed an effort made by the enemy during the afternoon."
(from the Gardner speech)
Initial Strength: 67; Wounded (WIA): 2;
Losses, % of Initial Strength: 3%
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit
Tablet #1: First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #15: Meade's Division, First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #11: Meade's Division, First Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
References & Notes
See a brief unit history, sketched in an 1889 speech by Lt Gardner at the dedication of the Battery's monument on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg - extracted online.
We have 3 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:
|--||Capt||Cooper, James H|
|--||Pvt||Farrell, George Washington|
|--||Pvt||Weekly, Jacob U.||WIA 09/17|
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