MUSTER ROLL OF CO. F, 1ST PENNSYLVANIA ARTILLERY – THE BATTERY THAT BEGAN THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM; INCLUDES LIST OF THOSE KILLED IN THAT BATTLE, AND NAMES OF FOUR SURVIVORS LATER KILLED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 1054-2219

A 2 page large folio (30 ½” x 24 ½”) muster roll of Co. F of the 1st Pennsylvania Artillery, Oct. 31, 1862, listing 25 officers and 98 privates of this company commanded by Capt. Ezra Matthews and 1st Lt. R. Bruce Rekitts. Three men are listed as being killed at Antietam, and two wounded there, while another was killed at Rappahannock Station, and several others wounded or captured at various battles. Some men are listed as deserters, including one who left on Sept. 16, the day before Antietam, probably surmising what lay ahead.

Ricketts’ battery opened the Battle of Antietam from a position behind Miller’s cornfield. In the “remarks” section is written, “Marched with Pope’s Army from Manassas to Rapidan, Rappahannock, Washington, thence to Sharpsburg. Were engaged at Cedar Run Mountain, Rappahannock, Thoroughfare Gap, Bull Run, Chantilly & Antietam.”

The document is signed by Ricketts. This unit, with Ricketts commanding, later fought at Gettysburg where four of the men listed on this muster roll were killed in action on the 2nd day. An interesting memento of a unit which started one of the war’s greatest battles.

Overall condition fair to good – has some edge chipping, folds, fold tears and repairs by tape, visible in the photos below.  [LD]

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