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“Dilger’s Battery”

The main monument to Battery I, First Ohio Light Artillery is north of Gettysburg on Howard Avenue. (39.841919° N, 77.233868° W; Google map; Tour map: Howard Avenue West)
Monument to Battery I, 1st Ohio Light Artillery at Gettysburg

A tablet on Baltimore Pike near the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse shows the battery’s position after the evening of July 1. (Tour map: National Cemetery)

The monument is just over thriteen feet tall and is made of Quincy granite. It was dedicated by the State of Ohio on September 14, 1887. A marker also shows the battery’s position in the National Cemetery.

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Hubert Dilger. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

From the front of monument:

Ohio

Dilger’s Battery

Battery I First Ohio Light Artillery
Artillery Brigade Eleventh Corps
Captain Hubert Dilger
July 1, 2 & 3, 1863

Fidus Et Audax*
Erected by
The State of Ohio

*Faithful and bold

From the right side of the monument:

This Battery, Captain Huber Dilger Commanding, marched with the 11th Corps from Emmittsburg to Gettysburg July 1. At once upon arriving it advanced rapidly to the Carlisle Road and having taken position near this spot, immediately engaged the enemy. See left panel.

From the left side:

Reenforced by Wheeler’s New York Battery Captain Dilger advanced twice from this position. Retired with the 11th Corps, but halted and again engaged the enemy before crossing the bridge into the town. During the remainder of the battle the Battery held the extreme right of Maj. Osborn’s line on Cemetery Hill. Loss 13 wounded.

From the rear:

Principal engagements
Bull Pasture Mountain, Strasburg,
Cross Keys, Cedar Mountain,
Freeman’s Ford, Warrenton-
Sulphur Springs, Groveton,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
Wauhatchie, Mission Ridge,
Buzzard Roost, Resaca, New Hope
Church, Kenesaw Mountain,
Marietta, Peach Tree Creek
Atlanta

Battery I's left flank marker on Howard Avenue

Battery I’s left flank marker on Howard Avenue

From the battery’s left flank marker on Howard Avenue:

Left
Battery I
1st. O.L.A.
Four guns were posted 3 yards in rear of this tablet

right flank marker on Howard Avenue with the left flank marker of the 119th New York Infantry

right flank marker on Howard Avenue with the left flank marker of the 119th New York Infantry

From the right flank marker:

Right
Battery I
1st. O.L.A.
2 guns were posted 100 yds. in rear of this tablet

Marker in the National Cemetery showing the position of Dilger's Battery I, 1st Ohio on July 2 and 3

Marker in the National Cemetery showing the position of the battery on July 2 and 3

From the marker in the National Cemetery:

Battery I First Ohio Artillery
Six 12 pounders.
Captain Hubert Dilger commanding

July 1. Arrived at Gettysburg before noon and went unto position west of the Carlisle Road. Engaged with two Confederate batteries which were finally silenced with a loss of five gun carriages. A Confederate rifled battery having opened fire Wheeler’s Thirteenth New York Battery was added to the command of Capt. Dilger and a fierce artillery duel ensued. About 4 p.m. retired to take position on Cemetery Hill. One section was posted on Baltimore Street above the square in town to cover the retreating infantry until relieved by two pieces of Battery G Fourth U.S. Artillery. At 5 p.m. took position in the Cemetery next the Baltimore Pike facing westerly. Remained there until the close of the battle. One gun disabled.

 Casualties wounded 13 men. 28 horses killed.

Marker in the National Cemetery showing the position of Battery I, 1st Ohio Artillery on July 2 and 3

Marker in the National Cemetery showing the position of Battery I on July 2 and 3. The Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse is in the right distance.

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