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The monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery is south of Gettysburg on the west side of Emmitsburg road north of the Leister Farm. (39.815551° N, 77.232205° W ; Google map; Tour map: Taneytown Road) It was dedicated in 1891 by the State of New York.

Monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery at Gettysburg

Front of the monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery. The monument is almost obscured by a rail fence atop a steep embankment unless viewed from this angle

The battery was commanded by Captain Joseph W. Martin. It brought 130 men to the field serving six 3″ Ordnance Rifles. It was in reserve for the battle, suffering 1 man wounded.

Bas-relief from the monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery at Gettysburg

The Bas-relief from the monument shows the all-mounted crew of a “flying battery”

The Sixth New York was trained and equipped as horse artillery, sometmes referred to as a “flying battery.” Unlike standard artillery batteries where artillerymen generally walked alongside their pieces, each man in a horse artllery battery was mounted. This was for speed and mobility, and all Union horse artillery batteries were equipped with the lighter 3″ Ordnance Rifles. Most horse artillery batteries wth the Army of the Potomac were U.S. Regulars; the Sixth New York was one of only two volunteer batteries trained as horse artillery. The battery was assigned to the 1st Brigade Horse Artillery, Cavalry Corps.Detail from the front of the monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery

From the front of the monument:

6th Independent Battery
New York Artillery

From the base of the sides:

1st Brig. Horse Artillery
Cavalry Corps

Rear view of the monument to the 6th New York independent Battery

Rear view of the monument. Thanks to Chet Trybus for the above photos

From the rear:

Occupied this position July 3rd, 1863.
Mustered into service July 15th, 1861
Mustered out of service July 8th, 1865

View of the monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery at Gettysburg

View of the monument to the 6th New York Independent Battery flanked by two 3″ Ordnance rifles, with Taneytown Road on the other side of the fence.

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