“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Latham's Battery - Henry's Battalion

Hood's Division - Longstreet's Corps


—Army of Northern Virginia —

The Branch Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. The Branch Artillery Tablet
Army of Northern Virginia
Longstreet's Corps Hood's Division
Henry's Battalion Latham's Battery
The Branch Artillery

Three Napoleons, One 12 Pounder Howitzer
One 6 Pounder Bronze Gun

July 2 Took position here 4 p.m. and was actively engaged until night. The Howitzer and the Bronze gun were disabled and two captured 10 pounder Parrotts substituted.

July 3 Engaged in firing upon the Union lines within range. About 5 p.m. aided in repelling cavalry under Brig. Gen. Farnsworth which had charged into the valley between this point and Round Top

July 4 Occupied position near by and west of this until 6 p.m. Then withdrew from the field

Losses not reported in detail
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 47.423′ N, 77° 15.255′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on South Confederate Avenue 0.1 miles south of Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robertson's Brigade (a few steps from
The Branch Artillery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. The Branch Artillery Tablet
Looking north on the Avenue at the tablet location.
this marker); Hood's Texas Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Hood's Division (a few steps from this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Bachman's Battery - Henry's Battalion (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anderson's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Benning's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Additional comments.
1. Latham's Battery Position
In direct contrast to the text on the tablet, several sources indicate the battery was not posted on Warfield Ridge on July 3. Bradley M. Gottfried, in The Artillery of Gettysburg, indicates that both Garden's and Latham's Batteries were detached from Henry's Battalion and posted to the vicinity of the Peach Orchard. There the batteries engaged Federal guns on both Little Round Top and the south end of Cemetery Ridge.
    — Submitted January 20, 2009, by
The Branch Artillery Guns image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. The Branch Artillery Guns
A 6-pounder Field Gun and a 12-pounder Field Howitzer represent the location of the Branch Artillery. By the time of the battle, the 6-Pounder Field Gun had fallen into disfavor. With its small caliber and limited range, newer rifled guns and 12-pounder Napoleons had replaced the type. The single gun used by Latham's Battery was probably the only example used in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,123 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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