• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Captain John Tompkins Collection

Captain John Tompkins

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.

Captain Tompkins wrote an offical report of his battery at Antietam.

 

Did You Know?

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Robert E. Lee's son, Robert Jr., was a private with the Rockbridge Artillery who fought at the Battle of Antietam