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Cumberland Township near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Madison Light Artillery

Artillery Reserve - Longstreet's Corps

— Army of Northern Virginia —

 
 
Madison Light Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. Madison Light Artillery Tablet
Inscription.  
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps Artillery Reserve
Alexander's Battalion Moody's Battery
The Madison Light Artillery

Four 24 Pounder Howitzers

July 2 Arrived here and opened fire at 4 p.m. Following the infantry charge upon the Peach Orchard took position near there and with other batteries supported the infantry in its further advance. Aided in so harassing the retiring Union forces as to compel the temporary abandonment of several guns. Kept up a spirited fire until nightfall and prevented pursuit of the Confederate advanced lines when they fell back shortly before dark.

July 3 In position at dawn in the artillery line on the ridge running north from the Peach Orchard and on duty there all day. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet's assault and retired from the front after night.

July 4 Remained near here until 4 p.m. and then withdrew to Marsh Creek on the Fairfield Road.

Losses heavy but not reported in detail.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
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Location. 39° 48.108′ N, 77° 15.371′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Marker is at the intersection of West Confederate Avenue and Millerstown Road, on the left when traveling south on West Confederate Avenue. Located in Gettysburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Brooks Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Barksdale’s Charge (within shouting distance of this marker); A Valuable Little Property (within shouting distance of this marker); Taylor's Battery - Alexander's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barksdale's Brigade (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Madison Light Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Madison Light Artillery Tablet
Two cannon represent the battery.
24 pounder Austrian Field Howizters image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. 24 pounder Austrian Field Howizters
The two guns placed to represent the Madison Light Artillery are of Austrian origin. Both were imported during the war to supplement a shortage of weapons in the Confederacy. However, the battery was more likely armed with U.S. manufacture 24-pdr Field Howitzers at the time of the battle. The Austrian howitzers were shorter and weighed half as much as the American types.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,445 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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