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Also known as Jordan’s Bedford Battery. Not to be confused with Johnson’s Bedford Battery.

1861
January 22 Organized in Bedford County under Captain Tyler C. Jordan.
May 8 Enlisted for one years service.
1862
April-May
Siege of Yorktown
April 16
Lee’s Mill
June Reorganized and assigned to Cobb’s Brihade, Magruder’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia. The battery mustered 43 men and was armed with three 24-pounder howitzers and one 12-pounder Napoleon.
July Assigned to Early’s Brigade, Ewell’s Division, Jackson’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia.
August 9
Battle of Cedar Mountain
August S. Lee’s Artillery Battalion, Reserve Artillery, Longstreet’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia
August 28-30
Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)
September Assigned to Lee’s-Alexander’s Battalion, Reserve Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

Commanded by Captain Tyler C. Jordan. The battery was armed with one 3″ Ordnance Rifle, one 10-pounder Parrott Rifle, one 12-pounder howitzer and one 6-pounder gun. The battery lost 1 man killed and two men wounded.

From the War Department marker for Longstreet’s Reserve Artillery in front of the National cemetery:

The Reserve Artillery crossed the Antietam about 8 A.M. of the 15th and took position on the high ground overlooking the creek to the east and south of Sharpsburg. Eubank’s Battery was posted on the bluff commanding the Burnside Bridge. At 1 P.M. the Reserve Artillery engaged the long-range guns of the enemy along the heights on the east bank of Antietam Creek. During the night of the 15th the Reserve Artillery was moved to the left, to a position near the Dunkard Church.

From the War Department marker for Longstreet’s Reserve Artillery along Hagerstown Pike:

At daybreak of the 17th the Ashland Artillery, the Bedford Artillery, the Brooks Artillery and Parker’s Battery, went into position on the ridge east of the Dunkard Church. At about 7 A.M., the Brooks Artillery was withdrawn and the Madison Artillery took its place, one section advancing to the open field field north. About 8:15 A.M., the Batteries were withdrawn to a position west of the Hagerstown road and about 600 yards south of the Dunkard Church. At 9 A.M., they were withdrawn to Sharpsburg. At 3 P.M., they formed on the high ground commanding the Boonsboro Pike and the Middle Bridge over the Antietam. Eubanks’ Battery was detached from the Battalion on the 15th and was in support of Toombs’ Brigade in front of the Burnside Bridge.

October 4 Men from the disbanded Magruder artillery battery transferred in.
December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg

The battery lost one man killed.

1863
May 1-4
Battle of Chancellorsville
July Assigned to Alexander’s Battalion, Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
July 1-4
Battle of Gettysburg

The battery was commanded by Captain Tyler C. Jordan. The battery lost 9 casualties.

From the War Department marker on the Gettysburg battlefield on West Confederate Avenue:

Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Alexander’s Battalion 
Jordan’s Battery
The Bedford Virginia Artillery
Four 3 Inch Rifles

July 2. Took position here 4.30 P. M. Fired a few rounds at the Peach Orchard. Joined in the infantry charge and afterwards occupied position on crest near the Peach Orchard and was actively engaged until night.

July 3. Remained near the same position which was on the main artillery line. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and aided in supporting that assault. Retired from the front after night.

July 4. In position near here until 4 P. M. Then withdrew to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses serious but not reported in detail

September Moved by rail to Georgia. Assigned to Alexander’s Artillery Battalion, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee
September-
November
Siege of Chattanooga
November Alexander’s Artillery Battalion, Department of East Tennessee
November
Siege of Knoxville
November 16
Campbell’s Station
1864
April Returned from Tennessee to Virginia. Assigned to Alexander-Huger’s Battalion, Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
May 5-6
Battle of The Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 23-26
North Anna
June 1-3
Cold Harbor
June-April
Siege of Petersburg
1865
April 9, 1865
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee’s army. The battery surrendered 5 officers and 61 men.