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“Wiedrich’s Battery”

The monument to Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery is southeast of Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill. (East Cemetery Hill tour map) It was erected by the State of New York in 1889.

Monument to Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery

Monument to Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery

Battery I at Gettysburg

Captain Michael Wiedrich commanded the battery at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 141 men to the field serving six 3″ Ordnance Rifles. The battery lost 3 men killed and 10 wounded. Lieutenants Nicholas Sahm and Christian Stock were both wounded.

The battery arrived at Gettysburg midday on July 1. It took a position on East Cemetery Hill while most of the 11th Corps moved north of the town.  When the army withdrew to Cemetery Hill in the evening of July 1 four guns were left facing east. One section of two guns was placed facing west on the other side of Baltimore Pike. The battery fought in hand to hand combat on the evening of July 2 when Hays’s Louisiana Brigade broke through the line of Union infantry and briefly reached the guns. This is illustrated on the bronze tablet of the 73rd Pennsylvania Infantry which shows the height of the Confederate attack. The battery took part in the great artillery duel preceding Pickett’s Charge on July 3. Throughout the battle the battery was harassed by Confederate sharpshooters in the town.

11th Corps Headquarters Flag

From the monument:

Battery I,
1st Regiment N. Y. Light Artillery
Capt. M. Wiedrich commanding

2nd Division 11th Corps
July 1st, 2nd. and 3rd, 1863

From the rear:

Casualties,
3 killed, 10 wounded.

Bronze bas-relief from the monument to Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery at Gettysburg

Bronze bas-relief from the monument to Battery I, 1st New York Light Artillery at Gettysburg

Location of the monument to Battery I at Gettysburg

The monument to Battery G is south of Gettysburg on Cemetery Hill. It is about 95 yards northeast of the National Cemetery gate on Baltimore Pike. (39°49’19.1″N 77°13’44.7″W)