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

Griffin's Battery - Dance's Battalion

Artillery Reserve - Ewell's Corps

 

—Army of Northern Virginia —

 
Dance's Battalion - Griffin's Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Dance's Battalion - Griffin's Battery Tablet
Inscription.
Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell's Corps Artillery Reserve
Dance's Battalion Griffin's Battery
The Salem Artillery

Two 3 inch Rifles, Two Napoleons

July 1 Reached the field too late to take part in the battle.

July 2 Remained in reserve on this Ridge north of the Railroad.

July 3 The Rifles were moved to this position early in the morning and took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet's assault and continued firing for some time afterward. Withdrew at night to camp in rear.

July 4 The Napoleons occupied a position on this Ridge south of the Railroad Cut but did no firing. After nightfall they joined the Rifles and with them began the march to Hagerstown.

No losses reported. Ammunition expended 154 rounds.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.584′ N, 77° 14.689′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located opposite the Schultz Woods section of Seminary Ridge on Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Salem Artillery's Rifled Section Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. Salem Artillery's Rifled Section Position
Two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles flank the tablet, representing the position of the rifled guns from the battery on July 3. From this view, the Round Tops at the south end of the battlefield are clearly in sight. However visibility of the Federal positions directly engaged by the battery, on Cemetery Hill and Ridge, are blocked today by modern buildings and trees.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maurin's Battery - Garnett's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Watson's Battery - Dance's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson's Virginia Battery - McIntosh's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Watson's Battery - Dance's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Army of Northern Virginia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Army of Northern Virginia (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seminary Ridge - Day Two. A National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Friday July 3, 1863 - The Cannonade. Close to 140 Confederate guns participated in the great cannonade on July 3. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
3-inch Ordance Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
3. 3-inch Ordance Rifle
The 3-inch Ordnance Rifle, Model of 1861, was produced by Phoenix Iron Works, Pennsylvania. The two weapons flanking the tablet were both produced in 1862. Note the very smooth, blended shape of the gun. The only right angles are where the trunnions meet the rimbases (the "pins" where the gun lays on the carriage). This shape, along with an advanced wrought processing, gave the gun much strength and durability.

The Confederate army, particularly in the Eastern Theater, made much use of captured 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. The Confederacy also produced several varieties of rifled cannon in the same caliber, and it is possible one of those type were issued to the Salem Artillery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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