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Eighth Star New Market (VA) Artillery

"Rice's Battery"


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Capt. W. H. Rice


  1   10-pdr. Parrott
  1   3-in. Ordnance Rifle
  1   Napoleon


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

"Originally enlisted as the 8th Star Artillery, in honor of Virginia being the 8th state to secede, the 8th Star New Market Artillery came into existance under the leadership of Captain William H. Rice. Men were recruited from the area of New Market, Shenandoah County and the two surrounding counties of Page and Rockingham."
(from Moore)

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

Attached to Jackson's Division in the Organization, this battery was stationed on the Potomac at one of the fords in the vicinity of Williamsport, and was not engaged at Sharpsburg.


Initial Strength: 107;

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

The battery was combined with Wooding's on 26 September 1862 (per ANV Special Orders 201), and ceased to exist.

References & Notes

Source: Johnson, Curt & Anderson, Richard C., Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995; and
Moore, Robert H. III, A Brief History of the Battery.

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


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CaptRice, William Hamilton        We have some details for this person


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