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Second Volunteer Brigade

Artillery Reserve

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
Second Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Second Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve Tablet
Crossed cannon appear at the top of the tablet.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Artillery Reserve
Second Volunteer Brigade

Capt. Elijah D. Taft

1st Conn. Heavy Battery B
Capt. Albert F. Brooker
Not engaged

1st Conn. Heavy Battery M
Capt. Franklin A. Pratt
Not engaged

2d Conn. Battery
Capt. John W. Sterling
July 2d Reinforced Third Corps line and late in the day retired and formed line under Lieut. Col. F. McGlivery on left of Second Corps.
5th New York Battery
Capt. Elijah D. Taft
July 2d and 3d Engaged on Cemetery Hill.

Casualties. Killed 1 man. Wounded 5 men. Captured or missing 2 men. Total 8.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.222′ N, 77° 13.734′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Pike (State Highway 97), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located adjacent to the entrance of Evergreen Cemetery, on the east side of Cemetery Hill, 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. Fifth New York Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery
Taft's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Taft's Brigade Tablet
Next to the tablet is a 20-pounder Parrott Rifle.
(within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fifth New York Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery B, Fourth U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away); Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock (about 300 feet away); Fifth New York Independent Battery (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  East Cemetery Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on March 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign
Taft's Brigade of the Artillery Reserve can be called the "heavy" artillery formation of the Army of the Potomac. The 5th New York Battery, as described on the nearby tablets, was armed with 20-pounder Parrott Rifles. The two batteries from the 1st Connecticut were equipped with 4.5-inch Ordnance Siege Rifles
View of Taft's Brigade - US Brigade Tablet Southeast of the Monument & 20-Pounders Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Milask, July 17, 2011
3. View of Taft's Brigade - US Brigade Tablet Southeast of the Monument & 20-Pounders
This photo was taken on Baltimore Pike, facing northwest, July 17, 2011 approximately 4:09 PM
(the type used to mark Federal headquarters). And the 2nd Connecticut Battery, which was just called up from the Washington defenses, used a mix of 14-pounder James Rifles and 12-pounder Field Howitzers.

As described on the tablet, the 5th New York Battery was in place on Cemetery Hill, and is described in more detail on the nearby tablets. The 2nd Connecticut deployed on Cemetery Ridge. But the other two Connecticut batteries were still on the march south of Gettysburg, in the vicinity of Westminster and Taneytown, Md. The later batteries played a part in the pursuit of the retreating Confederates later in July.
    — Submitted March 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Taft's Brigade - US Brigade Tablet & 20 Pounders Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Milask, July 17, 2011
4. Taft's Brigade - US Brigade Tablet & 20 Pounders
The Taft's Brigade - US Brigade Tablet is a contributing feature to the Gettysburg National Military Park Historic District which is nationally significant under NR Criteria A, B, C & D. Areas of Significance: Military, Politics/Government, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Archeology-Historic. Period of Significance: 1863-1938. The original National Register Nomination was approved by the Keeper March 19, 1975. An update to this nomination was approved by the Keeper on January 23, 2004. The tablet is designated as contributing structure number MN533.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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