On the Antietam Campaign
" 'At about 10 o'clock,' wrote Lieut. Gansevoort, who actually commanded Battery C during the day, 'General Hooker ordered our battery to the extreme front, and took it there himself. We passed through a wood, then over a ploughed field into a pasture.' "
" 'The infantry on our right fled, and also on our left. As we came in, a battery on our left retired, and we were left alone without support. The rebels were coming down upon us, and we would have retired to save our pieces; but many of the horses were killed and it was impossible. We therefore continued firing; and, after a short time, the horses of the caissons came up with the caisson limbers, containing fresh ammunition. The enemy after a while retired, and with the last horses we also retired, having accomplished our mission, but with great loss.' "
"General Meade in his report says: 'I cannot close this report without calling your attention to the skill and good judgment, combined with coolness, with which Captain Ransom, his officers (Lieutenants Weir and Gansevoort) and men, served his battery. I consider this one of the most critical periods of the morning, and that to Captain Ransom's battery is due the credit of repulsing the enemy.' "1
Initial Strength: not known; Killed in Action (KIA): 2; Wounded (WIA): 13;
Maps Showing this Unit
Detail Map #2: Hood's Division Retakes the Cornfield
Detail Map #3: Mansfield's Twelfth Corps Attacks Into the Cornfield
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 #105: Battery C, 5th U.S. Artillery - 16 Sep, 6 PM to 17 Sep, 12 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
We have 3 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:
|--||Lt||Gansevoort, Henry Sanford||WIA 09/17|
|--||Capt||Ransom, Dunbar Richard|
|--||Lt||Weir, Gulian Verplanck|
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