Antietam Mortuary Cannons

Six generals (three Union, three Confederate) were mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam. The U. S. War Department erected six Antietam mortuary cannons in 1898 to commemorate their service and death as a result of wounds sustained in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Hover over the image to read the caption (or on a mobile device, lightly touch and hold the image).

Antietam Mortuary Cannons

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Each four-foot bronze cannon is mounted upside-down on a four-by-four-foot stone pedastal that marks the approximate location where the general fell. The Antietam mortuary cannons are re-purposed Model 1857 12-Pounder Light Field Guns, also called “Napoleans” after their introduction in Europe under Napoleon III. Their greenish-blue color is the result of iron oxidation.

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Mortuary Cannons

#NameLifeWound, Death, BurialCannon LocationCommandReferences
1Brig. Gen. George B. Anderson (CSA) 1831-1862Foot,
Oct 16,
Buried in NC
Richardson Avenue
(Bloody Lane)
2nd, 4th, 14th, 30th NC InfantryLCD ID 008182 #111

HMdb #5498

2Brig. Gen. Lawrence O. Branch (CSA) 1820-1862Head,
Sept 17,
Buried in NC
Branch Avenue (Final Attack Area)7th, 18th, 28th, 33rd, 37th NC InfantryLCS ID 008183 #075

HMdb #6692

3Maj. Gen. Joseph K. F. Mansfield 1803-1862Chest,
Sept 18,
Buried in CT
Mansfield Road (East Woods)12th CorpsLCS ID 008184 #008

HMdb #5998

4Maj. Gen. Israel B. Richardson1815-1862Foot,
Nov 3,
Buried in MI
Richardson Avenue
(Bloody Lane)
1st Division, Sumner’s 2nd CorpsLCS ID 008186 #049

HMdb #5623

5Brig. Gen. Isaac P. Rodman 1822-1862Left lung,
Sept 30,
Buried in RI
Trail off Harper’s Ferry Road (Final Attack Area)3rd Division, Burnside’s 9th CorpsLCS ID 008187 #078

HMdb #6781

6Brig. Gen. William E. Starke (CSA)1814-1862Multiple,
Sept 17,
Buried in VA
Starke Avenue
(West Woods)
1st, 2nd, 9th, 15th LA Infantry; 1st, 10th LA BattalionLCS ID 008188 #024

HMdb #6980

Note: Steve Hawks’ Stone Sentinels web site offers nicely formatted Orders of Battle for the Battle of Antietam. See Army of the Potomac (Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan) and the Army of Northern Virginia (Gen. Robert E. Lee).

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