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

Ninth Massachusetts Battery

2nd Position

 

6 p.m. July 2, 1863

 
Ninth Massachusetts Battery Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
1. Ninth Massachusetts Battery Monument
The monument takes the form of an artillery ammunition chest.
Inscription.
2nd Position

6 p.m.
July 2, 1863.

Ninth Mass. Battery
Capt. Bigelow
"By prolonge retired firing"
from the cross road 400 yds. distant
without infantry support before
Barksdale's Confed. Brigade.
Final stand made across this angle.

 
Erected 1885 by State of Massachusetts.
 
Location. 39° 48.102′ N, 77° 14.553′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on United States Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the Trostle 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. 150th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Bigelow's Desperate Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); 3d Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Sickles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); End of the Second Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd Position of 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers (approx.
The Trostle Farm Position Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
2. The Trostle Farm Position
Standing between the Trostle barn and house is the monument for the 2nd Position, 9th Massachusetts Artillery and a position marker for the 150th New York Infantry. A 12-pounder Napoleon represents the battery at this location. The gun is registry number 90, produced by Henry N. Hooper, of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1863.
0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ninth Massachusetts Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bigelow's Battery at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Trostle Farm. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Charles W. Reed and the 9th Massachusetts Battery. Article discussing the actions of the 9th Mass. Battery in this phase of the battle. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
9th Massachusetts Battery Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Milask, July 5, 2012
3. 9th Massachusetts Battery Monument
The Trostle farmhouse, slightly obscured by heavy summertime foliage, can be seen in the background.
Monument and Trostle Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. Monument and Trostle Barn
The Trostle Barn stood at the time of the battle, and shows visible damage dating to the war. The black hole below the two diamond shaped windows was made by an artillery projectile during the battle. Compare this view to the wartime photo below.
Dead Horses at the Trostle Barn image, Click for more information
By Craig Swain
5. Dead Horses at the Trostle Barn
Wartime photo taken of the barn showing dead horses, likely of Bigelow's Battery.

(Photo Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Call number: LC-B811- 266[P&P].)
Click for more information.
Ninth Massachusetts Battery Marker & 2 12-Pounder Napoleon Guns Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Milask, July 5, 2012
6. Ninth Massachusetts Battery Marker & 2 12-Pounder Napoleon Guns
Today, there are also two 12-pounder Napoleon guns which flank the monument, both having preserved muzzle identification stamps. If standing in the road facing the monument, the gun to the left is numbered 158, and the one to the right is numbered 90. Both are in excellent condition despite the green patina on both firing tubes.
12-Pounder Napoleon Gun Muzzle Stamp Photo, Click for full size
By Eric Milask, July 5, 2012
7. 12-Pounder Napoleon Gun Muzzle Stamp
This is the muzzle stamp which identifies this weapon as registry no. 158 manufactured at the Revere Copper Company in 1862. Other information is available from the muzzle as well such as the weight of the firing tube and the inspector who have this the once over before it was taken possession of by the Federal government.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on , by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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