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Ringgold Light Artillery

First Defenders

 
 
Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial
Inscription.
To commemorate
the patriotism and promptitude
of the
Ringgold Light Artillery
of Reading, Pennsylvania,
which reported for duty at
Harrisburg, April 16, 1861,
arriving there first of the
Pennsylvania Companies;
and with the
Logan Guards of Lewistown,
Washington Artillerists of Pottsville
National Light Infantry of
Pottsville, and Allen Infantry
of Allentown,
entered the City of Washington
April 18, 1861,
the first defenders of the Capital,
this monument was erected by the
Citizens of Reading,
July 4, 1901.

Roster of the Ringgold Light Artillery
Captain
James McKnight
Lieutenants
Henry Nagle William Graeff
Sergeants
George W. Durell Henry S. Rush
Daniel Kreisher Jeremiah Seiders
Corporals
Levi J. Homan Jacob Womert
F.W. Folkman Horatio Leader
Musicians
John A. Hook George B. Eckert
Privates
Solomon D. Ash James M. Anthony Charles B. Ansart Anthony Ammon Augustus Berger George S. Bickley Reuben R. Burkhart Harrison G. Bouse William W. Bowers David Bechtel Aaron Bechtel Charles A. Bitting Henry Coleman William F. Christ Amos Drenkel Daniel M. Dickinson Edward C. Eeling Benjamin F. Ermentrout
Ringgold Light Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. Ringgold Light Artillery Marker
Henry E. Eisenbise William C. Eben Samuel Evans Robert Eltz Henry Fleck Adam Frees John Fries Jr. Harrison Fox Christian C. Frantz Adam Faust William W. Fix James A. Fox Adelsen Gery Charles W. Gebhard Henry Geiger Lemuel Gries James H. Gentzler George W. Green Samuel Hamilton Amos Huyett Nathaniel B. Hill Andrew S. Helms William Haberacker Jacob J. Hessler Franklin Housel John L. Kennedy George W. Knabb John D. Koch Jacob Leeds Harrison Lutz Peter A. Lantz Daniel J. Levan George D. Leaf Aaron H. LeVan Charles Levan Christopher Loeser George S. Lauman Isaac S. Leeds Daniel Maltzberger Charles P. Muhlenberg Joseph H. McKnight William M. Miller William P. Mock James L. Mast Howard McILvain John A. McLenedan Henry Neihart Edward P. Pearson Jr. James Pfleger Frederick Peck Frederick H. Phillippi Ferdinand S. Ritter William Rapp Jr. Henry Rush Francis Rambo Isaiah Rambo Sr. George B. Rhoads Jackson Sherman Franklin Shaeffer Edmund L. Smith Franklin Smeck George W. Silvis Edward Scull Charles Spangler Jonathan Shearer William H. Smith Albert H. Shiery William Sauerbier Albert H. Seyfert Daniel Witman Henry Whiteside Daniel S. Yohn John L. Yohn Frederick M. Yeager
 
Erected 1901 by Citizens of
Ringgold Light Artillery Roster Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
3. Ringgold Light Artillery Roster Marker
Reading.
 
Location. 40° 20.079′ N, 75° 54.898′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. 422), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Memorial is along the southwest boundary of City Park, about 300 feet SE of the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue and Penn Street. Marker is in this post office area: Reading PA 19602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Penn's Common (within shouting distance of this marker); William McKinley (within shouting distance of this marker); Volunteer Firemen (within shouting distance of this marker); Duryea Drive (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (approx. mile away); The Pagoda (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Duryea Drive (approx. half a mile away); Skyline Boulevard (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reading.
 
Also see . . .
1. City Park Master Plan. (Submitted on December 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hiester's 1904 Book on the Ringgold Light Artillery. (Submitted on December 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The First Defenders. The Ringgold Artillery was among the first units to respond to the call for volunteers at the beginning of the Civil War. (Submitted on December 14, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Type of artillery
Many of
Ringgold Light Artillery Cannoneer Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
4. Ringgold Light Artillery Cannoneer Statue
the men of the Ringgold Light Artillery later joined Durell's Battery, Independent Battery D, Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery. As Ringgold Artillery the battery was armed with 6-pdr field guns. As Durell's Battery it was equipped originally with 10-pdr Parrott rifles, and later in the war 3" Parrott rifles. The artillery piece at the monument is not a Parrott rifle but a 3" Ordnance rifle. The "PIC" on the muzzle stands for Phoenix Iron Company and was manufactured at Phoenixville PA.
    — Submitted January 26, 2010, by Jacques Arthur Reed of Langwarrin Vic, Australia.

 
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Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
5. Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial
Looking northwest through City Park toward Christopher Columbus statue in background.
Cannon at Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
6. Cannon at Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial
"No.133 PIco 1862 817lbs JMW" inscription.
Cannon at Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
7. Cannon at Ringgold Light Artillery Memorial
"No.122 PICo 1862 816lbs. COL[?]" inscription.
 
 
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