Tredegar works in Richmond
, as far as the resources of that establishment could go. So that when the First Maryland artillery took the field, it might have been said that the whole of it, men and guns, harness and wheels, was the creation of the head and heart, the mind and will of its captain.
It occupied a position on the extreme right of the Confederate
line, at Shipping Point
on the Potomac
, where its fire effectually blockaded that river until March, 1862, when Johnston
withdrew from Manassas
and the line of the Potomac
In the Seven Days battles it was attached to the division of Maj.-Gen. A. P. Hill
began his movement around McClellan
's right on June 26, 1862, the First Maryland artillery fired the first shots at Mechanicsville
, just as the First Maryland regiment had fired the first shots against McClellan
's pickets at Hundley
's Corner an hour before.
It was attached to Pender
's North Carolina brigade, and Captain Andrews
was slightly wounded.
in his report says: ‘The section of Andrews
' battery was under Lieutenant Dement
, who did fine service.
as usual was present, chafing for a fight.’
After that campaign he was promoted major ‘for gallant and meritorious conduct displayed in the battles before Richmond
,’ and a battalion was formed for him consisting of the First Maryland; the Chesapeake
, Captain William D. Brown
—afterward known in the Maryland
Line as the Third Maryland; and several Virginia batteries.
In the movement on Pope
in August, 1862, Major Andrews
commanded the artillery of Winder
's division, originally Jackson
's. On the 9th of August Pope
moved from Culpeper Court House on Jackson
at Slaughter's Mountain
, half a march distant.
, though too sick for duty, insisted on commanding his division in action.
His place was the left of Jackson
's line and with him was Andrews
' battalion of artillery.