Confederate Artillery Batteries


The marker for Parker’s Battery is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 5) The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain William Watts Parker.

The marker for Parker's Battery at Gettysburg

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Longstreet’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Alexander’s Battalion
 Parker’s Battery
One 10 Pounder Parrott
and Three 3 Inch Rifles

July 2. Took position here 4 P.M. and opened fire on Peach Orchard. Joined at 5 P.M. in the infantry charge advancing to position east of Emmitsburg Road and 200 feet north of Peach Orchard continuing actively engaged until night.

July 3. Remained near the same position which was on the main artillery line took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault and aided in supporting that assault. Retired from the front after night.

July 4. In position near here until 4 P.M. Then withdrew to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses heavy but not reported in detail.