Captain John Tompkins Collection
Captain John A. Tompkins commanded Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Artillery at the Battle. His battery was part of the Second Corps attack toward the Sunken Road or Bloody Lane. Captain Tompkins and his men fired over 1,000 rouds of ammunition in about three hours and withstood a Confederate infantry attack right into their guns that led to hand to hand fighting.
Did You Know?
Union General John Gibbon who served at Antietam and fought in the infamous Cornfield had three brothers who served in the Confederate army.