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The monument to Battery C of the 5th United States Artillery is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue. (39.81005° N, 77.23598° W; Google map; Tour map: Hancock Avenue)

Monument to Battery C of the 5th United States Artillery on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Artillery Reserve
First Regular Brigade

Battery C, 5th United States Artillery
Six 12 Pounders
Lieut. Gulian V. Weir commanding

July 2 Arrived at Gettysburg from near Taneytown and in the afternoon was ordered to the front and by direction of Major General W.S. Hancock took position 500 yards further to the front and by order of Brig. General John Gibbon opened fire on the Confederates on the left front. The Confederates in front advanced to within a few yards no infantry opposing. Three of the guns were captured by the Confederates and drawn off to the Emmitsburg Road but were recaptured by the 13th Vermont and another regiment.

July 3 In the rear of the line until Longstreet’s Assault was made when the Battery was moved up to Brig. General A.S. Webb’s line and opened with canister at short range on the advancing Confederates. At 6:30 p.m. returned to the Artillery Reserve.

Casualties: killed 2 men wounded 2 officers and 12 men.

Monument to Battery C of the 5th United States Artillery on the Gettysburg battlefield

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