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

Marye's Battery - Pegram's Battalion

Artillery Reserve - Hill's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Pegram's Battalion - Marye's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Pegram's Battalion - Marye's Battery Tablet
The claim on this tablet of "first cannon-shot of the battle" stated on this marker is a disputed honor. Most sources place that honor upon Battery A, 2nd U.S. Artillery, led by Lieut. John Calef, at the direction of General John Buford.
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill's Corps Artillery Reserve
Pegram's Battalion Marye's Battery
The Fredericksburg Artillery

Two Napoleons, Two 10 pounder Parrotts

July 1 This Battery fired the first cannon-shot of the battle from a point near the south side of the Chambersburg Pike on the ridge west of Herr's Tavern and was actively engaged until the close of the day's conflict.

July 2 Early in the morning took position here. Opened at intervals upon the Union lines and enfiladed their batteries when they sought to concentrate their fire upon the Confederate right.

July 3 Participated actively in all the operations of the artillery including the cannonade which preceded Longstreet's assault.

July 4 About sunset withdrew and began the march to Hagerstown.

Losses not reported in detail.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.189′ N, 77° 14.807′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the McMillan Woods section of Confederate Avenue, in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fredericksburg Artillery Positon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Fredericksburg Artillery Positon
Platforms for two artillery pieces represent the battery's position for a portion of the battle. The guns have been removed for maintenance and restoration.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scales's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Third Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Crenshaw's Battery - Pegram's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross's Battery - Lane's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Brockenbrough's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pegram's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Zimmerman's Battery - Pegram's Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lane's Brigade (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Seminary Ridge - Day Two. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Fredericksburg Artillery View of the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. The Fredericksburg Artillery View of the Battlefield
Looking east from near the tablet location toward Cemetery Ridge. The battery's guns were focused on Federal guns and infantry defending Cemetery Ridge on July 2 and 3. In this view one can make out the "Copse of Trees" in the distant center, which became the focal point for Longstreet's July 3 assault.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 831 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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