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

Stevens’ Battery

 
 
Stevens' Battery Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. Stevens' Battery Position Marker
Inscription.
Stevens'
Battery,
5th
Maine.
July 1, 1863.

 
Erected 1889 by State of Maine.
 
Location. 39° 50.024′ N, 77° 14.697′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Seminary Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on Seminary Ridge in the Lutheran Theological Seminary, adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elsie Singmaster (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Ewell's Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); This Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); Habitat of Seminary Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilians on Seminary Ridge (about 300 feet away); The Confederate Assault (about 400 feet away); Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia (about 400 feet away); Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers.
Stevens' Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
2. Stevens' Battery Monument
During the fighting on July 1, the 5th Maine Battery moved its six guns north to this spot. Forced to withdraw, the unit nearly lost a gun when a wheel fell off the carriage, but prompt action by Capt. Greenleaf Stevens saved it. The battery's main monument is on Stevens Knoll, named after the 5th Maine's captain. (Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments by Tom Huntington)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Steven's Battery at Gettysburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Artillery Piece and Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. Artillery Piece and Position Marker
A "False Napoleon" represents Stevens' Battery on Seminary Ridge.
Stevens' Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
4. Stevens' Battery Monument
Steven's Battery Field of Fire image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
5. Steven's Battery Field of Fire
Looking west from the battery position toward McPherson Ridge. Steven's Battery covered the Federal line behind McPherson's Woods. It's six 12-pounder Napoleons bolstered the final Federal line on Seminary Ridge, firing into Scale's Confederate Brigade.
A "False Napoleon" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
6. A "False Napoleon"
In the 1890's the Gettysburg Park Commission intended to place artillery pieces at every battery position marked at Gettysburg. Their preference was to use the same type employed by the battery at each spot. However a shortage of 12-pdr Napoleons inhibited the commission. A solution was found by modifying smaller field guns to look like Napoleons from a distance. In this particular case, a rifled 3.8 inch gun cast by Ames Foundry in 1861 was so modified. As originally cast, the gun used the design of the Model 1841 6-pdr Field Gun. In the modification process, the "step" at the reinforce was removed, the breech base and chase rings were turned off, and about first six inches of the bore was enlarged. Roughly 30 such modifications were made. Many of these "Gettysburg False Napoleons" were later distributed to other National Battlefield Parks.
"False" Napoleon Overlooking the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
7. "False" Napoleon Overlooking the Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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