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

3rd Massachusetts Battery

5th Corps Artillery

 

(Battery C, Massachusetts Light Artillery)

 
3rd Massachusetts Battery Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. 3rd Massachusetts Battery Monument
The battery was also known as Battery C, Massachusetts Light Artillery. The front of the monument features an artillery badge supporting the Maltese cross of Fifth Corps.
Inscription.
3rd Mass. Battery

5th Corps Art'y.

July 2, 1863.

 
Erected 1885 by State of Massachusetts.
 
Location. 39° 47.803′ N, 77° 14.286′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Crawford Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Wheatfield Road. Click for map. Located on the north end of the "Valley of Death" near the John Weikert farm 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. 139th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 96th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 62nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Samuel Wiley Crawford (about 300 feet away); Third Division (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
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Right Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Right Side of Monument
for a list of markers that are related to this marker. 3rd Massachusetts Light Art. Battery at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery. Service history of the battery. (Submitted on March 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Left Side of Monument
3rd Massachusetts Battery July 2 Position Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. 3rd Massachusetts Battery July 2 Position
Looking from the extension of Crawford Avenue that becomes the drive way for the John Weikert Farm. The monument faces the Wheatfield Road, to the right. Two 12-pounder Napoleons represent the battery at this location. On the left is registry number 177 produced by Revere Copper in 1862. On the right is a "rifled" version of the gun produced by Ames Manufacturing in 1862, bearing registry number 77.
Battery Position and Field of Fire Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Battery Position and Field of Fire
Looking down at the battery position with Wheatfield Road on the left. The drive way to the John Weikert farm passes in front of the cannon. In the distant center, the white buildings are those of the Trostle farm.
Gunner's View from the Right Side Napoleon Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
6. Gunner's View from the Right Side Napoleon
Looking down the barrel of the "rifled" Napoleon with Wheatfield Road weaving through the center of view. The road crosses Plum Run at the bridge just left of center. In the distant left are monuments for the Pennsylvania Reserves on the east side of the Wheatfield. The "rifled" Napoleon was part of an experimental batch and was not used in combat. Note however the holes at the breech for James type gun sights. Those are unique to the rifled guns and not seen on any other Napoleons.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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