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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Taylor's Battery - Alexander's Battalion

Artillery Reserve - Longstreet's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Alexander's Battalion, Taylor's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. Alexander's Battalion, Taylor's Battery Tablet
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps Artillery Reserve
Alexander's Battalion Taylor's Battery

Four Napoleons

July 2 Took position here 4 p.m. and opened fire on Peach Orchard. Advanced at 5 p.m. with the infantry to a position about 400 feet north of Peach Orchard and east of Emmitsburg Road continuing actively engaged until night.

July 3 Took position 3 a.m. in main artillery line near Smith House northeast of Sherfy House on Emmitsburg Road and held it all day. Took part in cannonade preceding Longstreet's final assault supported that assault and aided in repelling sharpshooters afterwards. Retired from the front after night.

July 4 In position near here until 4 p.m. Then withdrew to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses killed 2 wounded 10.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48.067′ N, 77° 15.376′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West Confederate Avenue and Millerstown Road, on the left when traveling south on West Confederate Avenue. Click for map. Located near stop six (Pitzer Woods) of the driving tour of Gettysburg National Military
Taylor's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Taylor's Battery Tablet
The battery's position early in the afternoon of July 2 and on July 5 is represented by two Confederate 12-pounder Napoleon guns cast at the Augusta Foundry, in Georgia.
Park, just north of the Longstreet Observation tower. 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. Alexander's Battalion (a few steps from this marker); First Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); Parker's Battery - Alexander's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bedford Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brooks Artillery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieut. General James Longstreet (about 400 feet away); President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Napoleon Aimed at the Peach Orchard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. Confederate Napoleon Aimed at the Peach Orchard
In the center distance, the Peach Orchard is just beyond the monuments seen on Emmitsburg Road.
12-pdr Confederate Napoleon from Augusta Foundry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
4. 12-pdr Confederate Napoleon from Augusta Foundry
The Confederates copied the Federal Napoleon, but with several variations. At least six different types have been identified. This particular example is a "Type 5." The main distinction of the Type 5 is a gradually taipered barrel, without the muzzle swell of the Federal examples. Those manufactured at Augusta also featured cylindrical rimbases. Others from different manufacturers had flared rimbases.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 882 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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