Confederate Artillery Batteries

“Smith’s Battery”

The marker to the Third Richmond Howitzers is west of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge Avenue. (Seminary Avenue tour map)

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Benjamin Hodges Smith.

marker to the Third Richmond Howitzers of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Ewell’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Dance’s Battalion Smith’s Battery
Third Richmond Howitzers
Four 3 Inch Rifles

July 1. Reached the field in evening too late to take part in the battle.
July 2. Early in the morning took position here. About 4 P. M. opened fire upon the batteries on Cemetery Hill and continued firing until dark.
July 3. Moved to position south of Fairfield Road. Took part in the great cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and kept firing for some time afterwards. Withdrew at night to camp in rear.
July 4. After nightfall began the march to Hagerstown.
Ammunition expended 314 rounds.
Losses Killed 1 Wounded not reported.

See more on the history of the 3rd Richmond Howitzers in the Civil War.