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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ricketts' Battery
Batteries F and G

1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
 
Ricketts' Battery Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
1. Ricketts' Battery Monument
 
Inscription. (Front):
Ricketts' Battery
1st Penna. Light Artillery
Penna. Reserve Corps

(Back):
Present at Gettysburg Consolidated Battery F & G 3 officers & 141 men
Killed & died of wounds 7 men
Wounded 1 officer & 13 men
Captured or missing 3 men
Total 24

F
Recruited in Schuylkill co.
Total enrollment 342
Mustered in July 8, 1861
Re-enlisted Dec. 1863.
Mustered out June 9, 1865.
Killed & Died of Wounds 1 officer & 16 men
Wounded 3 officers & 40 men
Died of disease etc. 10 men
Captured or missing 12 men
Total casualties 78 men & 5 officers

G
Recruited in Philadelphia
Total enrollment 340
Mustered in July 25, 1861
Re-enlisted Dec. 1863
Mustered out June 29, 1865
Killed & died of wounds 1 officer & 15 men
Wounded 3 officers & 44 men
Died of disease etc. 12 men
Captured or missing 14 men
Total casualties exclusive of those while attached to Battery F 89

July 2d reached the field and took this position in the afternoon
and engaged the rebel batteries on Benner's Hill.
8 p.m. a rebel column charged the Battery and
 
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
2. Back of Monument
 
a desperate hand-to-hand conflict
ensued which was repulsed after every round of canister had been fired

July 3d engaged with the rebel batteries on the left and centre of the line

 
Erected 1894 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 49.295′ N, 77° 13.723′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Pike (State Highway 97), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on East Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 11th Corps Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); First Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 14th Indiana Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 7th West Virginia Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack on Cemetery Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Oliver Otis Howard (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
State Coat of Arms Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
3. State Coat of Arms
 

 
Also see . . .
1. East Cemetery Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battery F, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery. Service record of the battery. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Battery G, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery. Service record of the battery. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
View From the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. View From the Monument
Looking to the right of the monument down the slopes of East Cemetery Ridge.
 
 
Ricketts' Battery Position Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
5. Ricketts' Battery Position
Looking down the line of 3-inch Ordinance Rifles next to the monument. These guns represent both Ricketts' and Cooper's Batteries. Ricketts' replaced Cooper's at this location during afternoon of July 2nd.
 
 
View From Ricketts' Guns Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
6. View From Ricketts' Guns
Looking toward Benner's Hill over two of the 3-inch Rifles representing the battery. In the evening of July 2, Confederates assaulted up the slopes here, breaking through the infantry line at the base of Cemetery Hill, and reached the battery position. After a bloody close quarters fight, Federal reinforcements eventually drove off the attackers.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,342 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on March 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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