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

Artillery Brigade

Second Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
Artillery Brigade, Second Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Artillery Brigade, Second Corps Tablet
At the top of the tablet is the trefoil symbol of Second Corps.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Second Corps
Artillery Brigade

Capt. John G. Hazard

1st. New York Battery B, Four 10 pounders
Lieut. Albert S. Sheldon, Capt. James M. Rorty, Lieut Robert E. Rodgers

1st. Rhode Island Battery A, Six 3 inch Rifles
Capt. William A. Arnold

1st. Rhode Island Battery B, Four 12 pounders
Lieut. T. Frederick Brown, Lieut. Wm. S. Perrin

1st. U.S. Battery I, Six 12 pounders
Lieut George A. Woodruff, Lieut. Tully McCrea

4th. U.S. Battery A, Six 3 inch Rifles
Lieut. Alonzo H. Cushing, Sergt. Frederick Fuger

July 1 Marched from Uniontown Md. at 2 p.m. Went into position at 11 p.m. on the Taneytown Road three miles from Gettysburg.

July 2 Moved with the Corps at daylight and went into position on the Corps battle line in the order from right to left as mentioned. The Batteries were engaged toward night with some loss.

July 3 Engaged with the Confederate Artillery in front at 8 a.m. and along the whole line at 1 p.m. and assisted in repulsing Longstreet's assault in the afternoon.

Casualties. Killed 3 officers 24 men. Wounded 5 officers 114 men. Missing 3 men. Total 149.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location.
Hazard's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Hazard's Brigade Tablet
The tablet stands in behind a set of guns representing Cushing's Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery.
39° 48.79′ N, 77° 14.132′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the "Angle" on Cemetery Ridge 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 this marker. Lt. Alonzo Cushing (a few steps from this marker); Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack (a few steps from this marker); Second Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Army of the Potomac (a few steps from this marker); Battlefield Landmarks - West and North (a few steps from this marker); Battery A, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Alexander Webb (within shouting distance of this marker); Cushing's Union Battery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Report of Capt. John G. Hazard. Capt. Hazard described the situation before Longstreet's assault in his report:
The batteries did not at first reply, till the fire of the enemy becoming too terrible, they returned it till all their ammunition, excepting canister, had been expended; they then waited for the anticipated infantry attack of the enemy. Battery B, First New
Hazard's Diagram of His Brigade Line image. Click for full size.
3. Hazard's Diagram of His Brigade Line
Diagram taken from Hazard's Official Report.
York Artillery, was entirely exhausted; its ammunition expended; its horses and men killed and disabled; the commanding officer, Capt. J. M. Rorty, killed, and senior First Lieut. A. S. Sheldon severely wounded. The other batteries were in similar condition; still, they bided the attack. The rebel lines advanced slowly but surely; half the valley had been passed over by them before the guns dared expend a round of the precious ammunition remaining on hand. The enemy steadily approached, and, when within deadly range, canister was thrown with terrible effect into their ranks. Battery A, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, had expended every round, and the lines of the enemy still advanced. Cushing was killed; Milne had fallen, mortally wounded; their battery was exhausted, their ammunition gone, and it was feared the guns would be lost if not withdrawn.
(Submitted on February 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery Caissons image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Battery Caissons
A set of reproduction caissons stand to the east of Hancock Avenue behind the Angle. These represent those caissons from Hazard's Brigade that supported Cushing's Battery. Similar caissons of other batteries in the brigade were posted between this point and where the statue of General Meade presently stands.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 814 times since then and 68 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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