Unit History – 1st Company Richmond Howitzers

9 05 2022

Was accepted into Confederate service in June, 1861. Its members were recruited in Richmond. After taking part in the Battle of First Manassas, the unit joined the Army of Northern Virginia and served in H. C. Cabell’s Battalion. It participated in various conflicts from Williamsburg to Cold Harbor, then was active int he Petersburg siege south and north of the James River and around Appomattox. This battery contained 90 men at Gettysburg and surrendered with 12 on April 9, 1865. Captains Edward S. McCarthy, William P. Palmer, and John C. Shields were in command.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, p. 411



2 responses

1 09 2022

I ran across some text saying the 1st Co. had named their two 2.9” Parrott rifles “the cat” and “the eagle.” 4 Napoleons were Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Need good reference for this, I misplaced my citation. Also, did 1st. co. Keep the Parrotts till surrender? They buried all guns near Red oak church.


6 09 2022
Harry Smeltzer

The Rockbridge Artillery (Pendleton/Brockenborough) had three six pounders and one 12 pounder howitzer known as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I think they reside today at VMI, on their red carriages.


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