Charlottesville Artillery aka Carrington’s Battery

Contrary to what some people may think there were actually two batteries left along the line of Edward Johnson’s division on the night of May 11/12, 1864. Both Carrington’s battery and Tanner’s battery were with Cutshaw’s battalion and had been placed in the line on the afternoon of May 11. Unfortunately neither battery was in a position to bear on the Federals as they assaulted on the morning of the 12th.

The Sergeant Major of Carrington’s battery left us a sketch of his batteries position that morning. If you visit the battlefield today you can find the remains of most of these positions to the right of the McCoull Lane.


You may note that like many of the participants he identified the East Angle as the “Bloody Angle”. We today of course call the West Angle by that title.

The sketch shown is printed here with the permission of the University of Virginia Library system.


About Russ

Avid student of military history as well as amateur historian. Has a keen interest in archaeology. Founded his company in 2004.
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