“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

McCarthy's Battery - Cabell's Battalion

McLaws's Division - Longstreet's Corps


— Army of Northern Virginia —

Cabell's Battalion - McCarthy's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. Cabell's Battalion - McCarthy's Battery Tablet
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps McLaws's Division
Cabell's Division McCarthy's Battery
First Richmond Howitzers

Two Napoleons, Two 3 inch Rifles

July 2 At 3.30 p.m. placed in reserve near here. The rifled guns advanced to this position at 4 p.m. and engaged in severe artillery fight until dark. The men of the Napoleon section sometimes relieved those of the rifle section.

July 3 Advanced and formed part of the main artillery line the rifle section near Emmitsburg Road the Napoleons further to the left all hotly engaged sometimes changing positions. Retired from the front after dark.

July 4 In position near here. One Napoleon aided in checking a hostile advance. All withdrew from the field at night.
Ammunition expended about 850 rounds. One rifle was disabled.
Losses killed 2, wounded 8.
Horses killed or disabled 25.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 47.794′ 
First Richmond Howitzers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. First Richmond Howitzers
Next to the tablet is a 12-pounder Confederate Napoleon. This example bears the registry number 47 and was cast at the Columbus Arsenal, Georgia in 1864. The piece weighed 1,225 pounds when delivered.
N, 77° 15.327′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Located just south of the Longstreet 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. Cabell's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlton's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Carolina (about 500 feet away); Fraser's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Manly's Battery - Cabell's Battalion (about 600 feet away); Kershaw's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Semmes's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Rifled Gun Section Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
3. Rifled Gun Section Position
The 3 inch Rifles from McCarthy's Battery deployed forward just in front of the tablet's location. From there the rifles returned fire against Federal guns in the Peach Orchard area, on the far side of Plum Run Valley, and Little Round Top. In the background is Big Round Top.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 735 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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