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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

5th Massachusetts Battery

 
 
5th Massachusetts Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. 5th Massachusetts Battery Monument
A single 3-inch Ordnance Rifle represents the battery, however at the nearby 10th New York Battery, two additional guns are in place.
Inscription.  (Front):
Fifth Massachusetts Battery

(Right):
7 enlisted men killed
1 officer, 12 enlisted men wounded
700 rounds fired
Chas. A. Philips Capt. Comdg.
July 2, 1863.

(Left):
The Nation Lives
Reserve Artillery

 
Erected 1885 by State of Massachusetts.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 48.033′ N, 77° 14.815′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Sickles Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Wheatfield Road. Located near stop 10, the Peach Orchard, on the driving tour of 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. 10th Independent Battery New York Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); First Volunteer Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers (within
Right Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Right Side Inscription
shouting distance of this marker); Clark's Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (about 300 feet away); 15th New York Battery (about 400 feet away); Ninth Massachusetts Battery (about 400 feet away); Sickles' Excelsior Brigade (about 500 feet away). 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. 5th Massachusetts Battery E at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  History of the 5th Massachusetts, Battery E. (Submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Left Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Left Side Inscription
Battery Field of Fire image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
4. Battery Field of Fire
Looking south from Wheatfield Road. Philips' battery covered the ground between the Peach Orchard and Rose Woods. Other batteries of the 1st Volunteer Reserve Brigade were placed along the line of the road, and skirmishers from the 3rd Michigan Infantry were deployed in front.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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