“Dow’s Battery”

The monument to the Sixth Maine Battery is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue north of United States Avenue. (39.803292° N, 77.234534° W; Google map; Tour map: Hancock Avenue Part 1)

About the monument to the 6th Maine Battery

The tapered rectangular monument stands over eleven feet high. It is carved from granite, with the pyramid of cannon balls at its top carved from black Addison granite. On the front of the monument is a relief of the star symbol of the 5th Corps, and below it a relief of flags, a drum, a cannon barel, artillery ramroad and a sword. The monument was dedicated on October 3, 1889 by the State of Maine.

The 6th Maine Battery at the Battle of Gettysburg

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Edwin B. Dow. It brought 103 men to the field serving four 12-pounder Napoleons, and suffered 13 men wounded in the artillery duel that preceded Pickett’s Charge on the afternoon of July 3.

Monument to the 6th Maine Battery at Gettysburg

From the front of the monument:

Dow’s 6th Maine Battery

From the right side:

McGilvery’s Brigade. Reserve Artillery.

Looking southwest past the 6th Maine Battery, with the Weickert farm in the distance

Looking southwest, with the Weickert farm in the distance and Little Round Top in the far left.

From the left side:

Campaigns A.P. 1862.-1865

Side view of the monument to the Sixth Maine Battery and its attendant 12-pounder Napoleons. The State of Pennsylvania monument is in the distance down Hancock Avenue.

Side view of the monument to the Sixth Maine Battery and its flanking 12-pounder Napoleons. The State of Pennsylvania monument is in the distance down Hancock Avenue and the State of New York Auxiliary Monument is on the right..

See more about the Sixth Maine Battery in the Civil War

Right flank marker for the 6th Maine battery, looking out across the Trostle farm from Hancock Avenue.

Right flank marker, looking out across the Trostle farm from Hancock Avenue.