Battery K is referenced on a War Department marker at Antietam and honored by two identical monuments on the battlefield at Gettysburg.
|September||Organized in Washington|
|October||Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C, attached to Provost Guard, Army Potomac|
|March||Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula. Attached to Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac|
|April 5-May 4||
Siege of Yorktown
|May||Attached to 2nd Brigade, Artillery Reserve, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac|
|June 25-July 1||
Seven days before Richmond
|July||At Harrison’s Landing|
|August 16-28||Movement to Centreville, Va.|
|August 28-September 2||
Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
Battle of Groveton
Second Battle of Bull Run
Captain John R. Smead was killed, and Lieutenant William E. Van Reed took command of the battery.
Attached to Artillery, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps
|September 11||Marched from Rockville about 7 miles on the Frederick Road|
|September 12||Passed through Clarksburg and to Hyattsville|
|September 13||Left Hayattsville at 6 a.m., passd through Urbana and arrived at Frederick at 4 p.m.|
|September 14||Marched to Middletown|
|September 15||Marched 6 miles over South Mountain|
The battery was commanded by Lieutenant William E. Van Reed. It was armed with four 12-pounder Napoleons.
From the war Department marker on the Antietam battlefield:
Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery, crossed the Antietam by the Middle Bridge and about 2 P.M., September 17, relieved Battery M, 2d U.S. Artillery, taking position on the ridge immediately north of this point. After the expenditure of 400 rounds of ammunition at 5 P.M., the Battery was relieved in turn, by Battery M. 2d U.S. Artillery, soon after which it recrossed the Antietam.
|September 16||In camp near Antietam Creek. One spoke of a wheel on the battery wagon broken by enemy shot|
|September 17||Went into position across the creek and fired about 400 rounds, and withdrew at dusk|
Marched at 10 a.m.; passed through Sharpsburg about 12 m. One man was wounded (afterward died), and 2 horses had their legs broken by a shot from the enemy.
The battery went into position near the Potomac and fired about 50 rounds at the enemy
|October 30-November 19||Movement to Falmouth, Va. Attached to Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac|
Battle of Fredericksburg
|April 27-May 6||
|May||Attached to Artillery Brigade, 12th Army Corps, Army Potomac|
Commanded by Lieutenant David H. Kinzie, the battery brought four 12 Poundersto the field.
From the monument at Gettysburg:
July 1 Marched to within a mile and a half of Gettysburg
July 2 At Daylight took position to command a gap between the First and Twelfth Corps. At 5 p.m. one section was placed on the summit of Culp’s Hill and assisted in silencing Confederate Batteries on Benner’s Hill. At 6 p.m. rejoined the battery at the foot of Power’s Hill
July 3 At 1 p.m. posted with Battery F 4th U.S. Artillery on the south side of Baltimore Pike opposite the centre of the line of the Twelfth Corps. At 4:30 a.m. opened fire on the Confederates in possession of the line vacated by the Twelfth Corps the preceding night. Firing continued at intervals until after 10 a.m. when the Confederates were driven out. Remained in the same position exposed to the severe shelling which came over Cemetery Hill in the afternoon.
Casualties: wounded 5 men
|September 24-October 3||Movement to Bridgeport, Ala. Attached to Artillery, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland|
|October-November||Operations on line of Memphis & Charleston Railroad|
|December||At Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|March||Attached to 1st Division. Artillery Reserve, Dept. Cumberland|
Attached to Artillery Brigade, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland
Siege of Atlanta
|August 26-September 2||
Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge
|September||Occupation of Atlanta|
Garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dept. of the Cumberland to August 1865