Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pender's Division - Hill's Corps
— Army of Northern Virginia —
Hill's Corps Pender's Division
July 2 The Howitzers in the lunettes nearby belonged to the batteries of Poague's Battalion one to Ward's, two to Brooke's, one to Wyatt's, one to Graham's. But on this day they were detached and kept under shelter from the fire of Union artillery which they could not return by reason of their short range.
July 3 In the morning the lunettes were constructed and the Howitzers placed in them to meet a possible advance of the Union forces but as this did not occur they took no active part in the battle.
July 4 At dusk they withdrew from the field with their Battalion and began the march to Hagerstown.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant day of the year for for this entry is July 2.
Location. 39° 48.877′ N, 77° 15.035′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when travelingTouch 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. Posey's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Ward's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooke's Battery - Poague's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of Northern Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Storm of Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Garnett's Brigade (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . Poague's Report on the Howitzers. In his official report of the battle, Major William T. Poague was not happy with the capabilities. He stated the howitzers were kept a short distance in rear, as no place could be found from which they could be used with advantage....Upon the repulse of our troops, anticipating an advance of the enemy, I ordered up the howitzers. The enemy, however, failed to follow up his advantage, and I got no service out of those useless guns. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,644 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on September 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.