Confederate Artillery Batteries


“Watson’s Battery”

Two markers to the 2nd Richmond Howitzers are west of Gettysburg across the street from each other on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 1)

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain David Watson.

Marker for the 2nd Richmond (Virginia) Howitzers of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Ewell’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Dance’s Battalion Watson’s Battery
Second Richmond Howitzers
Four 10 Pounder Parrotts

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

July 2. Early in the morning took position on this ridge just north of Western Maryland R. R. cut. Opened fire about 4 P. M. upon the batteries on Cemetery Hill and continued firing until dark.

July 3. Moved to this position. Took part in the great cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and kept firing for some time afterwards. Withdrew at night to camp in rear.

July 4. After nightfall began the march to Hagerstown.

Ammunition expended 661 rounds. Losses not reported in detail.

Army of Northern Virginia
Ewell’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Dance’s Battalion Watson’s Battery
Second Richmond Howitzers
Four 10 Pounder Parrotts

July 3. Moved to this position. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and continued firing for some time afterwards. Moved at night to rear of this line.

July 4. In the night withdrew and began the march to Hagerstown.

Ammunition expended 661 rounds. Losses not reported in detail.