Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
Lt. E. S. McCarthy
2 10-pdr. Parrott
This Battery's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Longstreet's Command
Division - McLaws' Division
Brigade - McLaws' Division Artillery
"Organized by George Wyeth Randolph, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, at the time of John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, the Richmond Howitzers grew into a battalion of three companies by 1861. An elite unit, the Howitzers served with distinction from 1st Manassas to Appomattox."
(from Richmond Howitzers)
On the Sharpsburg Campaign
Attached to Barksdale's Brigade, this battery was severely undermanned, and probably left their 2 6-pounders at Leesburg, Va, at the opening of the campaign.
Initial Strength: 33; Killed in Action (KIA): 1; Wounded (WIA): 1;
Losses, % of Initial Strength: 6.1%
Maps Showing this Unit
Detail Map #4: Greene's High-Water Mark in the West Woods (9am-noon)
Detail Map #5: Sedgwick is Flanked in the West Woods (9-10am)
Battlefield Tablet for this Unit
Tablet #357: McLaws' Division, Longstreet's Command - 16 Sep, 11 AM to 18 Sep, 9 PM
References & Notes
Service and armament from Johnson and Anderson.1 Details from The Richmond Howitzers - history online from the California reenactors group (gone in 2019).
We have 3 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:
|--||Lt||McCarthy, Edward Stephens|
|--||Pvt||Morrison, M.||KIA 09/17|
|--||Pvt||Wingo, Charles Evans||WIA 09/17|
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1 Johnson, Curt, and Richard C. Anderson, Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995, pg. 87 [AotW citation 21864]