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

Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery

First Regular Brigade - Artillery Reserve

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet
Above the tablet is the seal of the U.S. Army. At the top of the tablet are the crossed cannon of the artillery.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Artillery Reserve
First Regular Brigade
Battery C Fifth U.S. Artillery

Lieut. Gulian V. Weir commanding

July 2 Arrived at Gettysburg from near Taneytown and in the afternoon was ordered to the front and by direction of Major General W.S. Hancock took position 500 yards further to the front and by order of Brig. General John Gibbon opened fire on the Confederates on the left front. The Confederates in front advanced to within a few yards no infantry opposing. Three of the guns were captured by the Confederates and drawn off to the Emmitsburg Road but were recaptured by the 13th Vermont and another regiment.

July 3 In the rear of the line until Longstreet's assault was made when the Battery was moved up to Brig. General A.S. Webb's line and opened with canister at short range on the advancing Confederates. At 6.30 p.m. returned to the Artillery Reserve.

Casualties. Killed 2 men. Wounded 2 officers and 12 men.
 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48.602′ N, 77° 14.159′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, August 9, 2011
2. Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Marker
Looking north from Hancock Avenue at dusk.
. Located south of the "Copse of Trees" and near the U.S. Regulars Memorial 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. 149th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); 20th New York State Militia (a few steps from this marker); 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 82nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th Vermont (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Regiment Minnesota Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  High Water Mark. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Battery C, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet
Two 12-pounder Napoleons flank the tablet. Both guns were produced by Henry N. Hooper & Company in 1863.
Weir's Guns Overrun on July 2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. Weir's Guns Overrun on July 2
Looking from the Vermont Monument to the west toward the Codori Farm (barn on the right). Battery C's guns were placed on the rise just south of the barn, covering the flank of the Federal III Corps line to the south. With no supporting infantry to their front, the battery was exposed when Wright's Confederate Brigade came across the Emmitsburg Pike (running left to right on the other side of the barn). The gunners were forced to abandon their guns. With the repulse of the Confederates, the guns were recaptured.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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