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Cumberland Township 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 —

 
Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Tablet
Inscription.  
Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps
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 First Division Cavalry Corps the right and left sections on the Chambersburg Pike. The centre section under Sergt. Chas. Pergel posted here with the First Brigade First Division Cavalry Corps and assisted in repulsing an attack of the Confederate infantry.
This section having been withdrawn joined the Battery in the rear and again advanced with left section and relieved Batter B First Maine Artillery on Chambersburg Pike in the afternoon but was soon compelled by a front and enfilading fire to retire. Rejoined the Battery in position with the Cavalry on the left in front of Cemetery Ridge and remained during the night.
Casualties wounded 12 men
13 horses killed

 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
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Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Tablet
Note the U.S. Army emblem above the tablet identifying this as a U.S. Regulars unit.
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topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 49.919′ N, 77° 15.068′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Reynolds Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located on the First Day Battlefield, south of McPherson Woods, 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 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery B, First Pennsylvania Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 80th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 142d Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abner Doubleday (about 400 feet away); 121st Pennsylvania Infantry (about 600 feet away); 8th New York Cavalry (about 600 feet away); 151st Pennsylvania Infantry (about 600 feet away); Third Division (about 800 feet away); Major Gen. John F. Reynolds (approx. 0.2 miles 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. Tablets for Calef's Battery at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battery A, 2nd U.S. Artillery. Among the most prominent units in the U.S. Horse Artillery
Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
3. Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Monument
Brigade was Battery A, serving under the command of Captain John Caldwell Tidball, of Virginia. (Submitted on December 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. U.S. Horse Artillery Brigade. The Horse Artillery Brigade of the Army of the Potomac was a brigade of various batteries of horse artillery during the American Civil War. (Submitted on December 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. John Haskell Calef. John Haskell Calef (September 24, 1841 – January 14, 1912) was a career artillery officer in the United States Army, and a veteran of the American Civil War. (Submitted on December 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 4, 2012
4. Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Position
Two replica artillery pieces flank the tablet, representing the section in this part of the field.
Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Monument<br>Flanked by Period Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery Monument
Flanked by Period Cannon
Lieut. John H. Calef (1814-1912)<br>Commander of 2nd U.S. Artillery<br>Battery A image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
6. Lieut. John H. Calef (1814-1912)
Commander of 2nd U.S. Artillery
Battery A
Position of Pergel's Section in the Morning Phase image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
7. Position of Pergel's Section in the Morning Phase
Pergel's Section was posted in the open area south of McPherson Woods (to the right in this photo) during the morning phase of the fighting of July 1. As the 13th Alabama Infantry advanced up from Willoughby Run, Pergel's guns retired behind McPherson Ridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,242 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on December 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on December 20, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7. submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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