Union monuments at GettysburgRhode Island

“Bucklyn’s Battery”

The monument to Battery E, First Rhode Island Light Artillery is south of Gettysburg on Emmitsburg Road.(39.80235° N, 77.2494° W; Google map; Tour map: Peach Orchard)

Monument to Rhode Island's Battery E at Gettysburg

About the monument

The granite monument stands seven and a half feet high. Its front is incised with a design of crossed artillery rammers above a pile of cannon balls supporting the Rhode Island Coat of Arms surrounded by a laurel crown of victory. The cap has a relief of the diamond symbol of the Third Corps. The monument was dedicated by the State of Rhode Island on July 2nd, 1886.

Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant John K. Bucklyn. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville the previous month. Bucklyn was wounded on July 2, and Second Lieutenant Benjamin Freeborn took command in spite of being slightly wounded himself.

Battery E brought 116 men to the field serving six 12-pounder Napoleons.

Official Records thumbnail See Lieutenant Benjamin Freborn’s Offical Report on Rhode Island’s Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg
3rd Corps Headquarters Flag Attached to the Artillery Brigade, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac

From the monument:

Battery E
Randolph’s Battery
1. Lt. J.K. Bucklyn, Commanding.

From the left side:

3 men killed
2 officers and 24 men wounded

From the right side:

Battery E
1st. R.I. L.A.
Artillery Brigade 3rd Corps
July 2, 1863.

See more on Rhode Island’s Battery E in the Civil War