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Amherst (VA) Artillery

"Kirkpatrick's Battery"
Organized: Amherst County, VA; mustered in 7/24/1861


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Capt. T. J. Kirkpatrick


  2   12-pdr. howitzer
  2   6-pdr. Gun


This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Jackson's Command
  Division - Jackson's Corps Reserve Artillery
  Brigade - Nelson's Artillery Battalion

Unit history

The Amherst Artillery was officially organized on July 24, 1861 in Amherst County, Virginia. The original, and only battery commander for the entire war, was Captain Thomas Jellis Kirkpatrick.

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

This battery was one in the artillery battalions of Brown and Nelson who were guarding the Potomac fords near Williamsport and Shepherdstown on the Campaign. They were on the Virginia side of the river about a mile below Shepherdstown, and were not engaged at Sharpsburg.

Battlefield Tablet for this Unit

Tablet #355: Reserve Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia - 16 Sep, 12 PM to 18 Sep, 6 AM

After the Sharpsburg Campaign

They suffered their first battle death at Cold Harbor in June 1864. In March 1865 most of its members were captured at Waynesboro, Virginia.

We have one individual in the AotW database who was on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CaptKirkpatrick, Thomas Jellis        We have some details for this person


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