Okay, a challenge: Where on the battlefield is this artillery battery located?
All right, all right, it’s a trick challenge. Simmonds’ Kentucky Battery is located at Antietam National Battlefield! I’ve been browsing some Antietam photos from my May trip and once in awhile will probably interject a few into this blog. The battery is located along North Branch Avenue, definitely showing the value of holding the high ground.
While we’re on the subjects of Antietam and artillery, here’s a 2009 shot of the Baltimore Battery located at the Philadelphia Brigade park. This particular cannon is the only howitzer on the battlefield. While I haven’t identified all the artillery batteries at Antietam yet (Gettysburg is my main obsession!) I hope to do so soon.
PVT. JOHN MORRISON
Co. H, 22ND Massachusetts Infantry
Died July 02, 1863
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