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

Ninth Massachusetts Battery

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Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Ninth Massachusetts Battery Monument
Inscription.  (Front):
Ninth Mass.
Captain Bigelow
July 2, 1863.
Killed - Wounded
2 Officers 1
3 Non-Comm Officers 6
5 Enlisted Men 13
10 Total 20
80 Horses

9th Massachusetts Battery
Capt. John Bigelow
1st Position left gun Wheatfield Road
4.30 to 6 p.m. July 2, 1863

Shelled Confederate batteries on Emmitsburg Road also the enemy around Rose Farm Buildings. Enfiladed with canister Kershaw's Brigade C.S.A. moving across field in front from Emmitsburg Road to woods on left where battle was raging in front of Round Tops

6 p.m. alone in field Graham's Brigade 3d. Corps forced from Peach Orchard had retired by detachments

By "Prolonge Firing" retired before Kershaw's Skirmishers and Barksdale's Brigade C.S.A. 400 yards.

2d position angel of stone wall near Trstle's House where the battery was halted by Lieut.-Colonel McGilvery and ordered to hold enemy in check until line of artillery could be formed 560 yards in rear was without support and hemmed in by stone wall enemy closed in on flanks men and horses were shot down when finally
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overcome at 6.30 p.m. Lieut.- Colonel McGilvery had batteries unsupported in position near the Weikert House covering opening in lines between Round Tops and left of 2d Corps 3/4 mile occasioned by withdrawal of Graham's Brigade

7.15 p.m. Willard's Brigade 2d. Corps and later Lockwood's Brigade 12th. Corps came to support of artillery

8 p.m. the enemy finally repulsed
Erected 1885 by State of Massachusetts.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
Location. 39° 48.004′ N, 77° 14.737′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Memorial is on Wheatfield Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. 5th Massachusetts Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 10th Independent Battery New York Light Artillery (about 500 feet away); 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 500 feet away); First Division (about 600 feet away); First Volunteer Brigade (about 600 feet away); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (about 600 feet away); Clark's Battery
Ninth Massachusetts Battery First Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Ninth Massachusetts Battery First Position
The first position occupied by the Ninth Massachusetts Battery is represented by two 12-pounder Napoleons. The cannon furthest from the camera in this view is actually one of six rifled Napoleons known to exist. These were an experimental lot, and were not used in action. All six examples are at Gettysburg.
(about 600 feet away); 2nd Position of 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bigelow's Battery at Gettysburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,126 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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