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Confederate Battery

Richmond Howitzers, 1st Company


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

Unit history

"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

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 4 individuals in the AotW database who were on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--LtMcCarthy, Edward Stephens        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--CorpMcCarthy, Jr., Daniel Stephens        We have some details for this person
--PvtMorrison, M. KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtWingo, Charles EvansWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person


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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]