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

Poague's Battalion

Pender's Division - Hill's Corps


—Army of Northern Virginia —

Poague's Battalion Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Poague's Battalion Tablet
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill's Corps Pender's Division
Poague's Battalion

Ward's, Brooke's, Wyatt's and Graham's
Seven Napoleons, Six 12 pounder Howitzers
One 10 Pounder Parrott, Two 3 inch Rifles

July 2 Late in the evening ten of the guns were placed in position at different points ready for service next day. The Howitzers were kept in the rear as no place was found from which they could be used with advantage.

July 3 The ten guns were actively engaged.

July 4 In the evening about dusk began the march to Hagerstown.

Killed 2, wounded 24, missing 6. Total 32.

Ammunition expended 657 rounds. Horses killed or disabled 17.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 49.014′ N, 77° 14.921′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park, near the Tennessee State Memorial. 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. Archer's Brigade (a few steps from this marker);
Poague's Battalion Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Poague's Battalion Tablet
Wyatt's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Mahone's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pettigrew's Brigade (about 300 feet away); Tennessee (about 400 feet away); Lieut. General Ambrose P. Hill (about 400 feet away); Graham's Battery - Poague's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Davis's Brigade (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .  Poague's Report. Concerning the 7 a.m. bombardment, Maj. William T. Poague wrote:
About 7 o'clock on the morning of the 3d, while I myself was at the position occupied by Captain Ward, the guns under Captain Wyatt opened on the enemy's position. In a few minutes, the fire of several of their batteries was concentrated on these five guns, and seeing that the contest was a very unequal one, and not knowing the origin of the order for opening, I directed the firing to cease. I afterward ascertained that Lieutenant-General Hill had ordered it. In this affair, Captain Wyatt lost 8 of
Poague's Battalion View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Poague's Battalion View
The battalion, as deployed on July 3, had a view of the northern portions of Cemetery Ridge. While the rifled guns of Graham's and Wyatt's Batteries were posted along the stone wall atop Seminary Ridge, those of Brooke's and Ward's Batteries were moved forward to the orchard around the Bliss Farm. That position was just right of center, in the open field between the ridges. The Federal positions on Cemetery Ridge in the distance span from the Bryan Farm (white buildings on the left) to the Codori Farm (red building on the right). Also seen on the ridge is the shaft of the U.S. Regulars Monument and the dome of the Pennsylvania Memorial.
his best horses. A caisson of the enemy was exploded.
(Submitted on September 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 609 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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