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I would like to extend my thanks to the many land owners who have allowed me to hunt their land for Civil War relics over the past 35 years especially Taylor Wiseman and Walton Loving.

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                                                                                                                            Major James Breathed CSA Stuart Horse Artillery



                                                                                      Stuart Horse Artillery * Breathed Battery * Maryland Scroll


After years of relic hunting with a metal detector, I never dreamed that the best find of my life would be under a thin coat of blue green paint. On April 13, 1991 I was scheduled to go relic hunting with David Guinn. Several months earlier David had discovered some Civil War period graffiti on the walls of a old house owned by his family in Brandy Station Va. I arrived at David's house that day and it started to pour down rain and our metal detecting plans were destroyed. David then suggested we go across the street to the old house and he would show me the Civil War graffiti he had found. I was amazed at the artwork that had been revealed where David had already scraped the paint from a small section of the walls. I picked up a broken shard of glass and I began scraping one wall while David continued where he had left off on another wall several months earlier. On my first scrape of paint I uncovered a list of names. I called David over and showed it to him. As I continued to scrape the paint I saw the names were enclosed in a scroll with a banner at the top and the word Maryland at the bottom. I was numb when I realized it was from the Stuart Horse Artillery. I ended up purchasing permission to remove this section of wall from the owners who were looking to sell the entire property and the Breathed Battery Scroll remained in my private collection for about the next thirteen years. The house was in a very advanced stage of decay and about a year later the property was sold to someone who was likely to have the house torn down. At this point David and I tried unsuccessfully to salvage more pieces from the walls. The house was spared when it was sold again and the new owner performed a reconstruction miracle and restored the house to a good solid condition. The house was then sold again and this time to the Brandy Station Foundation. The Breathed Battery Scroll has since been acquired by the Brandy Station Foundation and is on public display for everyone to enjoy. The Breathed Battery scroll reads:


                                                                                                                                           Rifle Gun       No 1    Stuart Horse Artillery

                                                                                                           Breathed Battery



                                                                                                                                                                       March 16th 1863.


                                                                                                                                                                     Sgt J. Henry Thomas

                                                                                                                                                                        Corp F. Gibson               

                                                                                                                                                                   Pvt 1 George McCabe

                                                                                                                                                                     "   2  H Hopkins               

                                                                                                                                                                       "   3 D Owens

                                                                                                                                                                     "   4 H Greenwell               

                                                                                                                                                                        "   5 H Wagner              

                                                                                                                                                                         "   6 E Russell                 

                                                                                                                                                                        "   7 W Hopkins

                                                                                                                                                                           "   8  F Yates                  

                                                                                                                                                                           "   9  A Muth             

                                                                                                                                                                           "  10  B Evans                 

                                                                                                                                                                           "  11  H Wickes                  

                                                                                                                                                                             "  12  W Evans

                                                                                                                                                                              "  13  U Haller

                                                                                                                                                                              "  14  H Boyd




The member of The Stuart Horse Artillery who drew the Breathed Battery Scroll was Sgt J. Henry Thomas. I was able to obtain a copy of his signature from the National Archives. The handwriting is a obvious match with the first name on the scroll. You can expand the images of the scroll by clicking on the scroll and clicking again on the expanding arrows for easy and close up comparison to the July 1864 requisition signed by Thomas.



Special Note: Nobody ever thought the old Guinn House would be restored and the Civil War history within it saved. If you have one of the missing pieces from what is now known as the Graffiti House please consider returning it. It would be greatly appreciated by all who visit the Graffiti House.