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Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery

Artillery Brigade, First Corps

 
 
Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery Monument
Inscription. (Front):
Cooper's
Battery B
First Pennsylvania Light Artillery,
(Penn'a Reserve Vol. Corps.)
Artillery Brigade, First Corps.
Present at Gettysburg, 114 Officers and Men.
Killed 3 Wounded 9.
Ammunition expended: (4 guns) 1050 Rounds.

(Left):
Positions:
July 1, 1863: Battery arrived at 12 m; Took position and was engaged between Hagerstown Road and Chambersburg Pike near Willoughby Run. Changed position to right and swept Oak Hill with its fire; Withdrew to Theological Seminary, where it fought till after 4 p.m.; Retired to this position where it remained until close of heavy artillery contest with the enemy's Batteries on Benner's Hill, during afternoon engagement of July 2. when relieved by Ricketts' Battery.

July 2: Was engaged on left center during the final attack and repulse of the enemy.

(Right):
Organized April 26, 1861.
At Mount Jackson, Lawrence County.
Entered State Service June 8, 1861.
Mustered in U.S. Service June 28, 1861.
Re-enlisted January 4, 1864.
Mustered out June 9, 1865.
Total enrollment 332.
Killed and died of wounds 21.
Wounded 52.
Ammunition expended 11,200 rounds.

(Back):
1861 - Engagements - 1865.
Dranesville, Chancellorsville,
Mechanicsville, Gettysburg,
Gaines
Front Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Front Inscription
Mill, Mine Run,
New Market Cross Roads, Wilderness,
Malvern Hill, Spotsylvania,
Gainesville, North Anna,
Groveton, Totopotomoy,
Second Bull Run, Bethesda Church,
South Mountain, Cold Harbor,
Antietam, Petersburg,
Fredericksburg, Weldon Railroad,
Fitzhugh's Crossing, Peterburg (Capture),
Appomattox.
 
Erected 1889 by State of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 49.282′ N, 77° 13.721′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Baltimore Pike (State Highway 97), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on East Cemetery Hill 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. Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock (a few steps from this marker); 14th Indiana Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Ricketts' Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Left Side of Monument
of this marker); 7th West Virginia Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Regarding Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery. The original marker (photo 10) placed on the field in 1879-1880 is made of marble. That's the reason it deteriorated. There is to be a new marker maker made, unfortunately, it too will be made with marble. The inscription as best we know it, comes from Wert's 1886 book on the monuments and Battery records.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cooper's Battery at Gettysburg
 
Also see . . .
1. East Cemetery Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on March 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery. Service history of the battery. (Submitted on March 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Right Side of Monument
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
5. Back of Monument
Replica 3-Inch Rifle on Top of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
6. Replica 3-Inch Rifle on Top of Monument
Below the replica is a bronze plaque with the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms and a raised circle or moon, the symbol of First Corps.
Battery Designation Under Breech image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
7. Battery Designation Under Breech
Under the breech of the replica gun is the Battery designation - B, 1st Pa. Art.
Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
8. Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery Monument
Looking at the monument from near the Hancock Memorial. 3-inch rifles on either side of the monument represent the battery position. In this view, beyond the monument, the north slope of Culp's Hill and Stevens Knoll are seen.
Battery B Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
9. Battery B Position
Looking at a set of guns representing both Cooper's and Ricketts' Batteries. Cooper's Battery occupied gun pits at this location until relieved by Ricketts' in the evening of July 2. The monument stands to the left.
Original Cooper's Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
10. Original Cooper's Battery Monument
Around 1879 the battery's survivors placed this post with a marble top as a memorial. The inscription is illegible due to weathering.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,762 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith Dennis Foote of Selinsgrove, Us_pa. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   10. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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