“Smith’s Battery”

The monument to the Fourth New York Independent Battery is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue at the Devil’s Den (39.792007° N, 77.24251° W; Google map; Tour map: Devil’s Den). A marker on Crawford Avenue shows the location of one section of the battery during the battle on July 2nd. (Tour map: Crawford Ave. & J. Weickert Farm)

Monument to the 4th New York Independent Battery

This monument was one of three badly damaged by vandals in the winter of 2006. The statue was pulled off its pedestal and dragged 160 feet and the head was stolen, causing over $50,000 in damage.

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain James E. Smith. It brought 135 men to the field serving six 10-pounder Parrott Rifles. Three of its guns were captured on July 2nd and given to Henry’s Confederate Artillery Battalion.

3rd Corps Headquarters Flag

From the monument:

4th New York Ind’p’t Battery
(Smith’s)
Artillery Brigade
3rd Corps
July 2, 1863 2 to 5 p.m.

At the time of the assault by Hood’s Division of the Confederate army this battery supported by the Fourth Maine Infantry, formed the extreme left of the Third Corps line. Three guns of the two sections in action on this crest were captured by the Confederates. The third section was in position to the right and continued the action until nearly 6 p.m.

Casualties 2 killed – 10 wounded 1 captured

Marker showing the location of a section of the 4th New York Independent Battery north of the Devil's Den on Crawford Avenue at Gettysburg

Marker showing the location of a section of the 4th New York Independent Battery north of the Devil’s Den on Crawford Avenue

From the marker:

Army of the Potomac
Third Corps Artillery Brigade

Fourth New York Independent Battery 
Six 10 Pounder Parrots
Capt. James E. Smilth Commanding

July 2 Arrived from Emmitsburg at 9 a.m. Four guns posted on the height above Devil’s Den at 2 p.m. Two guns in this position. after the capture of three of the guns in the advanced position and the repulse of their supports this ection openened fire with great effect on the Confederetae forces advancing up the valley. At 6 p.m. this section was moved to the right near Winslow’s Battery and subsequently to the rear.

July 3 Not engaged.

Killed 2 men wounded 10 men missing 1 man
11 horses killed 240 rounds of ammunition expended

See more on the 4th New York Indepenent Battery in the Civil War