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Confederate Battery

Jackson (VA) Artillery

"Cutshaw's Battery"


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  2Lt David R Barton


  2   12-pdr. howitzer
  1   3-in. Ordnance Rifle

(the battery possibly had 2 of the Ordnance Rifles)


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

Unit history

Wilfred E. Cutshaw raised the Jackson Artillery, also known as the Winchester Light Artillery, in Frederick County, Virginia in mid-March 1862. During its brief existence, Cutshaw's Battery participated in the 1862 Valley Campaign, the Seven Days fighting, and the Maryland Campaign.

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

The battery was present with the command at Harpers Ferry on 14-15 September, but was not engaged there. A gun of the battery was in action at the southern end of the Confederate line along the Harpers Ferry Road on the afternoon of 17 September 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

After Sharpsburg, the battery's depleted condition necessitated its consolidation with the Alleghany Artillery (Special Orders of Oct 2, 1862), and it ceased to exist as a unit.

References & Notes

The battery's service and arms from Artillery Hell 1 with Maryland Campaign details from Rosebrock.2

We have 2 individuals in the AotW database who were on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--LtBarton, David Rittenhouse        We have some details for this person
--CaptCutshaw, Wilfred Emory        We have a picture for this person 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  [AotW citation 30439]

2   Rosebrock, James A., Artillery of Antietam: the Union and Confederate Batteries at the Battle of Antietam, Sharpburg: The Press of the Antietam Institute, 2023, pp. 304, 309  [AotW citation 30440]