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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Ninth Massachusetts Battery

Ninth Massachusetts Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Ninth Massachusetts Battery Monument
Inscription. (Front):
Ninth Mass.
Captain Bigelow
July 2, 1863.
Killed - Wounded
2 Officers 1
3 Non-Comm Officers 6
5 Enlisted Men 13
10 Total 20
80 Horses

9th Massachusetts Battery
Capt. John Bigelow
1st Position left gun Wheatfield Road
4.30 to 6 p.m. July 2, 1863

Shelled Confederate batteries on Emmitsburg Road also the enemy around Rose Farm Buildings. Enfiladed with canister Kershaw's Brigade C.S.A. moving across field in front from Emmitsburg Road to woods on left where battle was raging in front of Round Tops

6 p.m. alone in field Graham's Brigade 3d. Corps forced from Peach Orchard had retired by detachments

By "Prolonge Firing" retired before Kershaw's Skirmishers and Barksdale's Brigade C.S.A. 400 yards.

2d position angel of stone wall near Trstle's House where the battery was halted by Lieut.-Colonel McGilvery and ordered to hold enemy in check until line of artillery could be formed 560 yards in rear was without support and hemmed in by stone wall enemy closed in on flanks men and horses were shot down when finally overcome at 6.30 p.m. Lieut.- Colonel McGilvery had batteries unsupported in position near the Weikert House covering opening in lines between Round Tops and left of 2d Corps 3/4 mile occasioned
Back Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Back Inscription
by withdrawal of Graham's Brigade

7.15 p.m. Willard's Brigade 2d. Corps and later Lockwood's Brigade 12th. Corps came to support of artillery

8 p.m. the enemy finally repulsed
Erected 1885 by State of Massachusetts.
Location. 39° 48.004′ N, 77° 14.737′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Wheatfield Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located near stop 10, the Peach Orchard, on the driving tour of 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. 5th Massachusetts Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 10th Independent Battery New York Light Artillery (about 500 feet away); 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 500 feet away); First Division (about 600 feet away); First Volunteer Brigade (about 600 feet away); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (about 600 feet away); Clark's Battery (about 600 feet away); 2nd Position of 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bigelow's Battery at Gettysburg.
Also see . . .
Ninth Massachusetts Battery First Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Ninth Massachusetts Battery First Position
The first position occupied by the Ninth Massachusetts Battery is represented by two 12-pounder Napoleons. The cannon furthest from the camera in this view is actually one of six rifled Napoleons known to exist. These were an experimental lot, and were not used in action. All six examples are at Gettysburg.

1. The Peach Orchard. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Charles W. Reed and the 9th Massachusetts Battery. Article discussing the actions of the 9th Mass. Battery in this phase of the battle. (Submitted on October 29, 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 908 times since then and 123 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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