About Cuthbert Harrison Slocomb
Popular and capable leader of the 5th Company, Washington Artillery (Louisiana), Captain Cuthbert H. Slocomb, repeatedly refused promotion so that he might remain with the battery. P. G. T. Beauregard specifically asked the Fifth Company to remain in the West with the Army of Tennessee to fight beside the Louisiana Brigade until Missionary Ridge. The unit was also associated with William B. Bate's division, which contained the Orphan Brigade.
Cuthbert H. Slocomb was severely wounded at the Battle of Shiloh on April 7, 1862 and at Jonesboro on August 31, 1864. He was promoted to Captain on June 13, 1862.
The Fifth Company, Washington Artillery of New Orleans, fought with the Confederate Army of Tennessee from Shiloh to Chickamauga, from Perryville to Mobile, and from Atlanta to Jackson, Mississippi. Slocomb's Battery, as it was also known, won repeated praise from every commander of that army. Although it sustained high losses, the company was recognized as a cohesive, well-disciplined organization that fought boldly and tenaciously and was considered the Army of Tennessee's finest close-combat battery.
They served, through victories and defeats in over forty battles. “Try us!” the unit's enthusiastic artillerymen would shout. And they would be tried, again and again.