“Sterling’s Battery”

The monument to the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery at Gettysburg is south of town on Hancock Avenue. (39.80375° N, 77.2346° W; map; Monument map: Hancock Avenue Part 1)

About the monument

The granite monument to the 2nd Connecticut Battery stands 4′ 9″ tall. The front has a relief of the Coat of Arms of the State of Connecticut, and the two sides a relief of crossed cannon barrels and crossed rammers over a pile of cannon balls. The monument was dedicated on July 3, 1889 by the State of Connecticut.

The 2nd Connecticut Battery at Gettysburg

The battery’s commander at the Battle of Gettysburg was Captain John William Sterling, a Bridgeport merchant. It brought 106 men to the field, of whom three were wounded and two missing.

The Second Battery was armed with four 14-pounder James Rifles and two 12-pounder howitzers. It was the only Federal battery to be armed with either type of piece at Gettysburg. The battery was assigned to the 2nd Volunteer Brigade of the Army Artillery Reserve.

Monument to the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

Artillery Reserve
Position July 3, 1863.
2d Conn. Light Battery

Detail from the monument to the 2nd Connecticut battery at Gettysburg

Detail from the monument

From the rear:

Tribute from the State of Conn.
Mustered in Sept. 10, 1862.
Mustered out Aug. 10, 1865.
Engagements
Gettysburg, Fort Morgan,
Fort Gaines, Blakely

See more about the Second Connecticut Light Battery in the Civil War

The 2nd Connecticut Battery monument, flanked by a pair of 12' Napoleons

The 2nd Connecticut Battery monument, flanked by a pair of 12″ howitzers