Confederate Artillery Batteries


The marker to Crenshaw’s (Virginia) Battery is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Pt. 2) The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain William Crenshaw.

Marker for Crenshaw's (Virginia) Battery of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

Looking east across the field crossed by the Confederate attack on July 3. The high ground of Cemetery Ridge is behind the marker in the distance with the fences lining Emmitsburg Road in the middle distance.

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Hill’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Pegram’s Battalion Crenshaw’s’ Battery
Two Napoleons Two 12 Pounder Howitzers

July 1. The Napoleons occupied the ridge west of Herr’s Tavern and took an active part in the battle. The howitzers were not engaged.

July 2. Early in the morning all the guns took position here and were actively engaged throughout the day. Sometimes annoyed by sharpshooters which the howitzers aided in silencing.

July 3. Remained here and participated in all the operations of the artillery.

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

Losses not reported in detail.

Marker for Crenshaw's (Virginia) Battery of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

Looking southeast from beside West Confederate Avenue across the fields crossed by the Confederate attacks on July 2 and 3. Big Round Top (right) and Little Round Top (left) are in the distance at the center of the photo.