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

Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery

Twelfth Corps

— Army of the Potomac —

 
 
Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet
Inscription.  
Army of the Potomac
Twelfth Corps
Battery K Fifth U.S. Artillery

Four 12 Pounders
Lieut. David H. Kinzie Commanding

July 1 Marched to within a mile and half of Gettysburg.

July 2 At daylight took position to command a gap between the First and Twelfth Corps. At 5 p.m. one section was placed on the summit of Culp's Hill and assisted in silencing Confederate Batteries on Benner's Hill. At 6 p.m. rejoined the Battery at the foot of Powers's Hill.

July 3 At 1 a.m. posted with Lieut. S.T. Rugg's Battery F, 4th U.S. Artillery on the south side of Baltimore Pike opposite the centre of the line of the Twelfth Corps. At 4.30 a.m. opened fire on the Confederates in possession of the line vacated by the Twelfth Corps the preceding night. Firing continued at intervals until after 10 a.m. when the Confederates were driven out. Remained in the same position exposed to the severe shelling which came over Cemetery Hill in the afternoon.

Casualties Wounded 3 men.
 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
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this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 49.204′ N, 77° 13.219′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Memorial is on Culp's Hill Drive, 0.1 miles north of Slocum Avenue, in the median. Located at base of Culp's Hill Observation Tower 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. Battlefield Landmarks - North and West (a few steps from this marker); The Deadened Woods (a few steps from this marker); Battlefield Landmarks - South and West (a few steps from this marker); Culp's Hill Rehabilitation (a few steps from this marker); 76th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Defense of Culp's Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Battery E (within shouting distance of this marker); 95th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Kinzie's Battery Tablets at Gettysburg.
 
Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
2. Battery K, Fifth U.S. Artillery Tablet
One of two 12-pounder Model 1857 Napoleon represents the section posted to the summit of Culp's Hill on July 2 is seen to the left of the tablet.
Gunner's View from Culp's Hill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
3. Gunner's View from Culp's Hill
The line of site to Benner's Hill is obstructed by heavy woods, the same view the gunners at the battle had. Culp's Hill was forested at the time of the battle, but with somewhat less underbrush. Although a key position, its defense rested mostly on the infantry that ringed the crest in hastily constructed breastworks.
The Battery Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. The Battery Position
The observation tower base is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,286 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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