Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery
Second Brigade - Horse Artillery - Cavalry Corps
— Army of the Potomac —
Second Brigade Horse Artillery
Battery A Second U.S. Artillery
Six 3 inch Rifles
Lieut. John H. Calef commanding
June 30 Arrived in the evening from Emmitsburg and took position on the Chambersburg Pike.
July 1 Advanced with the Cavalry went into position with right section on right of the road left section on the left and center section with Col. Wm. Gamble's Brigade on the right of Fairfield Road. The first Union gun of the battle was fired from right section and the positions held under a severe fire until the First Corps arrived about 10 a.m. The Battery was then relieved by Capt. J.A. Hall's 2d Maine Battery and after being supplied with ammunition returned about 3 p.m. but under a front and enfilading fire it retired to a line in front of Cemetery Ridge and towards night moved to the left about a mile and bivouacked for the night near the Third Corps.
July 2 A.M. marched with the First Brigade of Major General John Buford's Division to Taneytown en route to Westminster.
Casualties wounded 12 men
Lost 13 horses killed.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 50.257′ N, 77° 15.094′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Chambersburg Pike (U.S. 30) and Stone Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Chambersburg Pike. Located near McPherson Barn 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. Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); 149th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Hall's 2nd Maine Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General John Fulton Reynolds (within shouting distance of this marker); Buford (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward McPherson Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); McPherson Barn (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. Tablets for Calef's Battery at Gettysburg.
Also see . . . Who Really Fired the First Shot?. The "honor" of firing the first shot of the battle (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,549 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.