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“Knap’s Battery”

Knap’s Pennsylvania Independent Battery E has two monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. One is on Culp’s Hill, showing the position of three of the battery’s guns on July 2. (39.820018° N, 77.220036° W; Culp’s Hill North Tour mapGoogle map to both monuments) The second monument was dedicated in 1897 and is on seldom-seen Powers Hill, reachable from Granite Schoolhouse Road, showing the position of the battery on July 3. (39.80606° N, 77.22015° W)

Battery E was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Charles A. Atwell, a clerk from Allegheny City. It brought six 10-pounder Parrott rifles to the field manned by 4 officers and 135 men. Three guns were placed on Culp’s Hill during the day on July 2, dueling with Confederate artillery on Benner’s Hill. When the majority of the 12th Corps was withdrawn from the right flank to reinforce the line around Little Round Top at the end on July 2 these guns were withdrawn and rejoined the rest of the battery on Powers Hill, where they continued to support the Culp’s Hill position on July 3. The battery lost 3 enlisted men wounded.

12th Corps Headquarters flag
Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg

Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Culp’s Hill

From the Culp’s Hill monument:

Independent Battery E
Knaps
Penna. Veteran vols.
July 3, 1863.
12th Army Corps

Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg

Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Culp’s Hill

Right flank marker for Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg

Right flank marker for the battery on Culp’s Hill

The Powers Hill monument

Knap's Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Powers Hill at Gettysburg

Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Powers Hill. The monument to Rigby’s Maryland Battery A is on the left in the distance.

From the front of the Powers Hill monument:

Battery E
(Knap’s)
Penna. Light Artillery

Monument to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Powers Hill at Gettysburg

Front view of the monument to knap’s Battery on Powers Hill.

Monument on Powell Hill to Pennsylvania Independent Battery E at Gettysburg

Rear view of the monument.

From the rear of the Powers Hill monument:

Mustered in Oct. 1st 1861.
Re-enlisted Jan. 1864.
Mustered out June 14th 1865.
At 3:30 p.m. July 2nd one gun was placed on Culp’s Hill in the position marked by a monument, and was joined by two others at 5 p.m., when the three guns engaged the enemy’s batteries on Benner’s Hill. These guns were withdrawn when the Infantry was ordered to the left and the Battery went into this position where it remained until the close of the battle.
Present at Gettysburg 4 officers and 135 men.
Wounded 3 men.

Knap's Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Powers Hill at Gettysburg

View from behind Pennsylvania Independent Battery E. The monument to Battery M, 1st New York Light Artillery can be seen through the trees in the left distance.

Knap's Pennsylvania Independent Battery E on Powers Hill at Gettysburg

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