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

Carter's Battalion

Rodes's Division - Ewell's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Carter's Battalion Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. Carter's Battalion Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps Rodes's Division
Carter's Battalion

Carter's, Fry's, Page's, and Reese's Batteries
Four 10 pounder Parrotts, Six 3 inch Rifles and
Six Napoleons

July 1 Arrived on the field soon after noon and rendered very effective service in the day's battle.

July 2 Held in readiness for action but was not engaged.

July 3 The Parrotts and Rifled guns were placed on Seminary Ridge near the railroad cut and took part in the great cannonade preceding Longstreet's assault.

July 4 After nightfall began the march to Hagerstown.

Losses. Killed 6 wounded 35 missing 24. Total 65.
Ammunition expended 1898 rounds.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 50.873′ N, 77° 14.576′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from North Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located on Oak Hill, near the Eternal Light Peace Memorial (Stop 2 of the driving tour) 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
Carter's Battalion Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Carter's Battalion Tablet
this marker. Iverson's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); The Orange Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Eternal Peace Light Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); General Rodes Attacks (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodes's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Eternal Peace Light (within shouting distance of this marker); The Morris Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Jeff Davis Artillery (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oak Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Report of Lieut. Col. Thomas H. Carter. Col. Carter describes the actions of his guns succinctly in his official report:
The batteries fired with very decided effect, compelling the infantry to take shelter in the railroad cut, and causing them to change front on their right. The enemy's guns replied slowly. (Submitted on January 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Carter's Guns Dominate Forney's Fields Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. Carter's Guns Dominate Forney's Fields
Looking from the artillery displays just west of the Peace Light, to the south across the location of Forney's Farm. On the right is Buford Avenue, where the cavalry delayed the Confederates before the arrival of Rodes' Division. On the left are woods along Oak Ridge where the Federal infantry defended. Note in the center distance is the second railroad cut, and then beyond Reyonlds Avenue on McPherson's Ridge. Carter's Guns on Oak Hill enfiladed much of the Federal First Corps line.

The artillery piece here, a 12-pounder Confederate Napoleon, represents one of Carter's Guns.
Another Gunner's View from Oak Hill Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. Another Gunner's View from Oak Hill
Looking over a Confederate 12-pounder Napoleon on Oak Hill toward Gettysburg. This was the view Carter's gunners had of the battlefield on July 1, particularly in the closing stages of the day's fighting. The McLean farm is in the center left. To the distant right is Gettysburg. On July 2, Carter's Battalion was arrayed in open fields north of Gettysburg between Mummasburg and Carlisle Roads. Roughly where the athletic fields are today.
Carter's Battalion at the Railroad Cut Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
5. Carter's Battalion at the Railroad Cut
Looking from the third railroad cut toward the southeast over Gettysburg. While not the exact location of Carter's long range guns, this is the best approximation available today of their field of fire. The modern railroad junction does disrupt the foreground, but in the distance, landmarks in Gettysburg and Cemetery Hill beyond are visible.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 811 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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