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Confederate Brigade

Cutts' Sumter (GA) Artillery Battalion

"Sumter Flying Artillery"


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  LCol. A. S. Cutts


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

Units which make up this Brigade:
  Sumter (GA) Artillery, Battery A
  Sumter (GA) Artillery, Battery B
  Sumter (GA) Artillery, Battery D
  Sumter (GA) Artillery, Battery E
  3rd North Carolina Artillery, (1st) Company G

Unit history

This Battalion was formed from the independent companies commanded by Captains Cutts, Price, Crawford and Blackshear, by S.O. 118, A&IGO (23 May 1862).

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

"The strength and deployment of Cutts Bn. in the battle is something of a mystery. In the confusion of the withdrawl from South Mountain on September 14-15, Cutts was mistakenly left behind at Boonsboro. Realizing that he had suddenly (and inadvertently) become the rear guard of the army, Cutts hurredly started moving towards Sharpsburg on the Williamsport Road with his own 4 batts. (23 guns), as well as Bondurant's Bty. (4 guns) and Lloyd's Bty (3 guns). Skirting the advancing Union Army, Cutts rejoined the army at Sharpsburg, marching in on the Hagerstown Pike. At Sharpsburg, Bondurant rejoined Pierson's Bn., while Lloyd remained with Cutts."
(from Johnson and Anderson)

Battlefield Tablet for this Unit

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

More on the Web

For much more about the battalion, see Brad Coker's Sumter Artillery site, which includes post-War photos of LCol Cutts and some of his Captains.

References & Notes

Source: Johnson, Curt & Anderson, Richard C., Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995.