Category Archives: Boy Battery

The Boy Battery near Petersburg

Like all of the fighting units at Knoxville in November 1863, Captain William Watts Parker’s Virginia artillery battery, had a war history before and after the attack on Fort Sanders—including some fame at the Battle of Gettysburg. Parker’s outfit, called … Continue reading

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Dr. William Watts Parker

Captain Dr. William Watts Parker, 1824-1899. The Richmond medical doctor who organized, recruited & commanded Parker’s “Boy Battery.” It supported from Cherokee Heights (as best it could with faulty Rebel ammunition) the Confederate assault on Fort Sanders.

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Friedrich Engels on rifled weapons

Benjamin’s Parrott guns were rifled for greater range and accuracy. So were the 3-inch bronze and steel cannon of Parker’s “Boy Battery.” Both types of cannon were new, and also not so easy to make, according to these 1860 newspaper … Continue reading

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The Boy Battery at Sharpsburg/Antietam

From an obituary of Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Lee, in the July, 1908 edition of Confederate Veteran Magazine: “He always said that it was his ‘gallant boys of the batteries that placed the wreath around his stars.’ At Sharpsburg he … Continue reading

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“Every day of delay…”

One key officer in Longstreet’s command at Knoxville was Col. Edward Porter Alexander, his chief of artillery. It’s interesting that Alexander’s pre-attack artillery barrage at Knoxville was no more successful than the more famous and larger one which he orchestrated … Continue reading

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Krick’s book now available

A little bit of fussin‘ (or, more probably, the Sesquicentennial) has finally moved Amazon to make copies of Robert K. Krick’s “Parker’s Virginia Battery, C.S.A.,” available once again. You can get a used ex-library copy of the 1975 hardcover in … Continue reading

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Signal flags at Knoxville

There’s no direct evidence that I know of that Longstreet’s artillery chief, Colonel Edward Porter Alexander, used signal flags at Knoxville to alert the Boy Battery on Cherokee Heights when to cease fire. And also the other batteries of his … Continue reading

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Arthur Lyons Freemantle

Freemantle, a lieutenant colonel of the British Coldstream Guards who was traveling with Gen. Lee’s staff, visited the Boy Battery in the chaos of battle on the field at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. The novel’s Sgt. Pease remembered Freemantle speaking … Continue reading

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