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Hall's 2nd Maine Battery

 
 
Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Monument
Inscription. (Front):
Hall's
2nd Maine
Battery.
1st Brig.
2nd Div.
1st Corps.
July 1. 1863.
(Left):
Casualties:
2 Men Killed.
18 Men Wounded.

 
Erected 1889 by State of Maine.
 
Location. 39° 50.272′ N, 77° 15.093′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Chambersburg Pike (U.S. 30) and Stone Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Chambersburg Pike. Touch for map. Located near the McPherson Barn 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. Buford (a few steps from this marker); Major General John Fulton Reynolds (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Battery A, Second U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 149th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward McPherson Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); McPherson Barn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers.
Left Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. Left Side Inscription
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Hall's Battery at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. McPherson's Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Hall's Report on the Battle. Captain James A. Hall described the retreat of his battery:
I was the advance Artillery of the Army of the Potomac and was engaged for more than an hour before any battery came to our assistance. And you may well know we got badly hurt. 36 horses & 22 men in about one hour and a half - My loss in men was many of them slightly wounded and several taken prisoner so close was the action. We were so reduced in horses that we were obliged to drag two guns off by hand. The boys fought like the D-, never better. You may judge when I tell you that many of our horses were not shot but bayoneted that it was a close and desperate struggle for our guns, two of which they actually had hold of at one time. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
3. Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Marker
An equestrian statue of Maj. Gen. John Reynolds can be seen behind the marker.
Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
4. Hall's 2nd Maine Battery Position
Also known as Battery A, 2nd Maine Light Artillery. Hall's Battery is represented by two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles.
Hall's Battery Contests Confederate Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
5. Hall's Battery Contests Confederate Advance
Hall's battery initially deployed to relieve Calef's Battery along the Chambersburg Road in the mid-morning phase of the first day battle. Essentially, Calef's, then Hall's, batteries were engaged in a lopsided duel with an entire battalion (five batteries) of Confederate guns. When elements of Davis' Confederate Brigade advanced, Hall conducted a retreat in close quarters. With some luck and much quick thinking, the battery managed to get away losing only one gun. However two of remaining five guns were disabled. The one abandoned gun was later retrieved.
"The Boys Fought Like the Devil" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
6. "The Boys Fought Like the Devil"
Looking from modern Reynolds Avenue toward the west between the Chambersburg Pike (left) and railroad (right). The high ground where Hall's Battery was deployed is around the lone tree to the left near the Reynolds Equestrian Statue. After driving off the 147th New York north of the railroad, Davis' Confederate Brigade charged over the open ground toward the Pike. The 42nd Mississippi attempted to capture Hall's guns, advancing from the railroad on the right toward the battery. The determined defense by the artillerymen along with the arrival of the 14th Brooklyn (84th New York), checked the Confederate advance here.
<i>...General Buford, General Reynolds and Hall's 2nd Maine Battery…</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by C.A. Blocher, circa 1920
7. ...General Buford, General Reynolds and Hall's 2nd Maine Battery…
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,411 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on January 4, 2015.
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