Union Monuments at Gettysburg > Massachusetts


“Battery C”

The monument to the 3rd Massachusetts Battery is south of Gettysburg on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Crawford Avenue. (Crawford Ave. & J. Weickert Farm tour map) It was dedicated in 1885 by the State of Massachusetts. A marker on Wright Avenue shows the battery’s position on July 3 (Howe & Wright Avenues tour map).

The 3rd Massachusetts Battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Aaron Francis Walcott. It brought 124 men to the field and was attached to the Artillery Brigade of the Fifth Army Corps.

Main monument on Weickert Farm

The monument is inscribed with the crossed cannon symbols of the artillery branch of service and the Maltese Cross of the Union Fifth Corps.

Monument to the 3rd Massachusetts Battery at Gettysburg

The monument to the battery next to the driveway of the J. Weickert farmhouse is flanked by two Napoleons. The monument to the 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry is in the distance.

From the front of the monument:

3rd Mass. Battery

From the rear of the monument:

July 2 1863

Location of the monument

The monument to the 3rd Massachusetts Battery is south of Gettysburg on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Crawford Avenue, in front of the J. Weickert farm. (39°47’48.2″N 77°14’17.1″W)

Marker on Wright Avenue

Marker for the 3rd Massachusetts Battery at Gettysburg

From the Wright Avenue marker:

Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps, Artillery Reserve

Battery C
Massachusetts Light Artillery
Six 12 pounders
Lieut. A. F. Walcott commanding.

July 3. At 3 a.m. moved to and occupied this position until the close of the battle.

See more on the 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery in the Civil War