“Ames’ Battery”

The monument to Battery G, First New York Light Artillery is south of Gettysburg in the Peach Orchard. (39.801301° N, 77.250123° W; Tour map: Peach Orchard)

Monument to Battery G, 1st New York Light Artillery at Gettysburg

A marker on Hancock Avenue (39.802826° N, 77.234491° W; Tour map: Hancock Avenue Pt. 1) shows the battery’s position on July 3rd. (Google maps to both monuments)

The monument was informally dedicated on the anniversary of the battle in 1893. According to Ames, “Thirteen of the survivors of the battery were present, and we dedicated the noble monument in silence and in tears. No one wanted to make a speech, an none was made. Our meeting was like the meeting of a family, and formalities seemed out of place. We dedicated the monument with our tears…”*

(*Edmund J. Raus, A Generation on the March: The Union Army at Gettysburg, p.87)

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Nelson Ames. It brought 132 men to the field serving six 12-pounder Napoleons, and lost seven wounded. Battery G was part of the Artillery Reserve – 4th Volunteer Brigade.

From the front of the monument:

Battery G
(Ames’)
1st N.Y. Light Artillery
—–
Engaged here with 3rd Corps
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 2, 1863.
July 3, on Cemetery Ridge
with 1st Div., 2d Corps.

—–
Casualties, 7 wounded.

From the back:

Mustered in Sept. 22, 1861.
Principal Engagements.

Fair Oaks
Peach Orchard
Savage’s Station –
White Oak Swamp
Malvern Hill
Antietam
Fredericksburg
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg

Auburn Hill
Bristoe Station
Robertson’s Tavern
Wilderness
Po River
Spottsylvania
North Anna
Totopotomoy
Cold Harbor
Petersburg June 16, 1864 to Apr. 3, 1865.

Mustered out June 19, 1865.

Marker showing the position of Battery G, 1st New York Artillery on July 3 at Gettysburg

Marker showing the position of Battery G, 1st New York Artillery on July 3

From the marker:

Battery G
(Ames)
1st N.Y.L.A.
July 3rd 1863

The marker for the 1st new York Light Artillery, battery G on Hancock Avenue, with the Weickert farm in the background

The marker for the 1st New York Light Artillery, Battery G on Hancock Avenue, with the Weickert farm in the background

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