Richmond Howitzers-1st Company was accepted into Confederate service in June 1861. Its members were recruited in Richmond. After taking part in the Battle of First Manassas, the unit joined the Army of Northern Virginia and served in H. C. Cabell's Battalion. It participated in various conflicts from Williamsburg to Cold Harbor, then was active in the Petersburg siege south and north of the James River and around Appomattox. This battery contained 90 men at Gettysburg and surrendered with 12 on April 9, 1865. Captains Edward S. McCarthy, William P. Palmer, and John C. Shields were in command.
John W. Wyatt