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    Big thanks to Campfire Games for updating our battery name on Company Tool! After speaking with A.P. Hill, I've also updated my "literature" here to reflect that John Pelham was a brand new Major during the Maryland Campaign, rather than a Captain.

    Can't bump without a great screenshot, right? I'm titling this one 'A Silent Confederate Battery'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbsmith7 View Post


    Big thanks to Campfire Games for updating our battery name on Company Tool! After speaking with A.P. Hill, I've also updated my "literature" here to reflect that John Pelham was a brand new Major during the Maryland Campaign, rather than a Captain.

    Can't bump without a great screenshot, right? I'm titling this one 'A Silent Confederate Battery'...

    That's good news man nice to see that your battery finally has the correct name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbsmith7 View Post
    I'm titling this one 'A Silent Confederate Battery'...

    The only good Reb battery is a silent one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwingKid148 View Post
    The only good Reb battery is a silent one.....
    . I can't wait until I get to see people do counters battery fire playing the game of deadly dodgeball..... also I feel real sorry for any infantry unit that takes canister... 27 1/2 inch steel balls with a spread rate of 10 yards for every 100 yards that's going to be insanely effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwingKid148 View Post
    The only good Reb battery is a silent one.....
    I'm reminded now of the Louisiana Zouaves, whose early war flag depicted a baby lamb, and above it the text, "Gentle as a..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettVito View Post
    . I can't wait until I get to see people do counters battery fire playing the game of deadly dodgeball..... also I feel real sorry for any infantry unit that takes canister... 27 1/2 inch steel balls with a spread rate of 10 yards for every 100 yards that's going to be insanely effective.
    Dunker church will just be a counter-battery map soon

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    "The night before the [Sharpsburg] battle Early's brigade spent on Alfred Poffenberger's farm on the extreme left of the Confederate battleline. As the battle started at dawn the brigade was ordered further left to assist Confederate Cavalry, General J.E.B. Stuart's Horse Artillery. The brigade was ordered back to the West Woods, but the 13th Virginia was at the request of J.E.B.Stuart retained to support the Horse Artillery. The Regiment was placed in the cornfield north of A. Poffenberger's farm, where they spend the time during the heavy fighting at Miller's cornfield."

    "When the fighting changed to the West Woods as the Division of Union General Sedgwick started it's attack on the West Woods, the 13th went into action acting as skirmish line for the artillery. The brigade of Union Brigadier General Gorman was leading the attack. As the Union Divison charged into the West Woods the 1st Minnesota and the 82nd New York of the leading Union brigade advanced three times into Poffenberger's cornfield and three times they were driven back by the 13th Virginia. The cornfield north of A. Poffenberger's farm lent itself to a debacle similar to the one which occurred in the Miller Cornfield."

    "At this time Captain John Pelham of the Horse Artillery decided to move a section of twelve pound Napoleons a short distance to the north in order to flank the Union right at Nicodemus Farm. When they pulled north across the plowed field, the teams and limbers got bogged down in the soft mud. The 13th Virginia was brought in to manhandle the field pieces up the slope to the crest west of the barn. With about fifty men to each artillery piece, the infantrymen slung their weapons and shouldered and dragged the guns and their limber chests into battery. With the guns deployed John Pelham ordered the infantrymen to fan out and commence firing into the retreating 19th Massachusetts and 1st Minnesota, of Sedgwick's Division, which were retirering from the West Wood onto the farm."

    "The sharpshooters of the 13th Virginia and Captain John Pelham's artillerists made the position of the 19th Massachusetts too hot to hang onto. The guns loaded with double shotted canister, pounded the New Englanders' flank. Every time the Union soldiers attempted to move, the 13th Virginia drove them to cover. The two retreating Federal regiments could not endure more and retreated north through the Nicodemus barnyard and beyond. They were the last Union regiments to leave the West Woods. The struggle around the West Woods was costly to both sides. In twenty minutes 2210 Union soldiers of some 5000 engaged were injured or killed. Although heavily engaged the 13th Virginia only suffered one killed and five wounded. This was the last major fighting on the left of the Confederate line and the fighting shifted towards the center, and late in the day, further towards the right."
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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettVito View Post
    At this time Captain John Pelham of the Horse Artillery decided to move a section of twelve pound Napoleons a short distance to the north in order to flank the Union right at Nicodemus Farm. When they pulled north across the plowed field, the teams and limbers got bogged down in the soft mud. The 13th Virginia was brought in to manhandle the field pieces up the slope to the crest west of the barn. With about fifty men to each artillery piece, the infantrymen slung their weapons and shouldered and dragged the guns and their limber chests into battery.
    I recognize that passage from John M. Priest in Antietam: The Soldier's Battle, an excellent book. He also has a book on South Mountain that is worth reading.

    Cpt. Samuel D. Buck of the 13th Virginia recorded this incident in his own words, as well...

    We charged, skirmished, and then went to work assisting the horses to pull the artillery in position...Major Pelham was trying to get two Napoleon guns on a hill commanding their position but the horses could not pull them over the plowed fields and up the hill so every fellow regardless of the shot and shell, took hold and almost carried both pieces into position and there in front of a corps of the enemy the Gallant Pelham fought those pieces, aiming and firing each piece as fast as the men could load, while our men supported him and poured the lead into their flanks.
    According to The Antietam Campaign edited by Gary W. Gallagher, the order for Pelham to "stir them up" on Lee's left flank actually came directly from Robert E. Lee, at the behest of Jackson, who had earlier sent Stuart and McLaws beyond Nicodemus Heights to scout offensive possibilities. It is remarkable to think that as Lee was at the very least looking at a stalemate, and the bloodiest battle his army had yet experienced, and as Jackson's division was pretty well worn out and maybe even on the verge of collapse, both were still searching for new avenues of attack!
    Last edited by rbsmith7; 05-27-2020 at 02:27 PM.
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