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Dow's 6th Maine Battery

 
 
Dow's 6th Maine Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Dow's 6th Maine Battery Monument
Inscription.  
(Front):
Dow's
6th Maine
Battery

(Left):
McGilvery's Brigade.
Reserve Artillery.

(Right):
Campaigns A.P.
1862.-1865.

 
Erected 1889 by State of Maine.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 39° 48.197′ N, 77° 14.073′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Memorial is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located on the south part of Cemetery Ridge 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. Reverend Father William Corby, C.S.C. (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Connecticut Light Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery G, 1st New York Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); First Volunteer Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); New York State Auxiliary Monument (about 400 feet
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Left Side of Monument
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away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Battery New Jersey Light Artillery (about 400 feet away); Artillery Brigade (about 500 feet away); Battery H, 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
 
Regarding Dow's 6th Maine Battery. Dow's Battery was Battery F of the 6th Maine Light Artillery. It was commanded by Lieutenant Edwin B. Dow and was part of the 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve. Dow was attached to McGilvery's 1st Volunteer Brigade during most of the battle. Thrown into action on July 2 as the Federal Third Corps withdrew, the battery fought east of the Trostle Farm. Later it relocated on Cemetery Ridge, where it participated in the actions of July 3. The battery brought four 12-pounder Napoleon guns into the battle, and lost none. Eight men of the battery were wounded, and five horses were lost.
 
Right Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. Right Side of Monument
Dow's 6th Maine Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
4. Dow's 6th Maine Battery Position
Two "False Napoleons" flank the marker. These pieces were regulation 6-pounder Field Guns altered to resemble 12-pounder Napoleons. The modification included turning off exterior features to present a smooth appearance. The modification were done in the 1890s by the Gettysburg National Battlefield Commission to overcome a shortage of guns for displays.
Muzzle of False Napoleon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
5. Muzzle of False Napoleon
Another modification to the False Napoleons was enlargement of the bore diameter. Seen here, the bore was enlarged about a foot into the barrel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,421 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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