This scrap of paper documents the issue of artillery ammunition on 15 September 1862 by Captain Edwin Taliaferro, Ordnance Officer on Major General Lafayette McLaws’ staff, to 2nd Lieutenant George J Newton of the Troup (GA) Artillery, also a subject of the previous post. Newton and his battery were among McLaws’ Division Artillery on the Maryland Campaign.

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This was obviously hastily written – both men were certainly very busy that day. It took me a minute to decipher that scrawl enough to tell what type of rounds they were: I think it reads “128 Rounds Parrot Ammunition.” The Troup artillery was equipped with 2 smooth-bore guns and 2 10-pounder Parrot rifles on the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

I found this document among Lieutenant Newton’s Consolidated Service Records (CSR) in the National Archives; my copy online via fold3.

By way of evidence that the handwriting above is Captain Taliaferro’s, here’s a requisition of his dated 18 September, the day after the great and terrible fight at Sharpsburg, requesting Parrott shell and 3-inch rifle shell rounds “immediately needed for the supply of this command (McLaws’ Division) as none remain on hand.” Desperate times.

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This paper is from Taliaferro’s CSR jacket, as are hundreds of similar documents and correspondence concerning issue of and accounting for ordnance stores during his service as an ordnance officer from 1862 into 1865.

One Response to “15 September 1862 receipt for ammunition, Troup Artillery”

  1. Laura Elliott says:

    Hi Brian

    Please add Pvt George B Atkinson to the members of the Troup Artillery present at Antietam. According to Find A Grave he was born about 1835 and died 30 Sept 1890 at Brunswick, GA. Documents in his CSR indicate he enlisted April 24, 1861 at Athens, GA. He was wounded Sept 17 and left behind at Shepherdstown. By December 1, 1862, he was in Richmond where he was furloughed home for 60 days. He was retired to the invalid corps April 4, 1864 and November 8, 1864 was detailed to work as a clerk in the QM dept at Macon, GA. A note on that carded record seems to read “Leaf” mutilated. It should read “leg.” A newspaper account in Southern Banner. (Athens, Ga.), October 08, 1862, 3. lists Atkinson as wounded in the breast and thigh, dangerously. Let me know if you want the whole account with all the K/W in the Troup Artillery. I’m happy to provide it.

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