“Dement’s Battery”

The marker for the First Maryland Battery is east of Gettysburg on Benner’s Hill. (Tour map: Benner’s Hill) The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain William F. Dement.

Dement_4803

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Ewell’s Corps Johnson’s Division
Latimer’s Battalion Dement’s Battery
First Maryland Battery
Four Napoleons

July 2. In position here about 4 P. M. and took part in the cannonade against the Union batteries on East Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill which continued over two hours. When the Battalion was withdrawn two guns of the Battery were left here to aid in repelling any attack. Soon afterward they reopened fire in support of the attack of Johnson’s infantry on Culp’s Hill which drew from the Union guns a heavy responsive fire by which Maj. Latimer was mortally wounded.

July 3. Remained in reserve and was not engaged.

July 4. Withdrew from the field with the Battalion.

Losses Killed 1 Wounded 4 Horses killed 9. One caisson exploded and one disabled.

The 1st Maryland Battery is also honored by a monument at Sharpsburg (Antietam).

Marker for the 1st Maryland Battery of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg