Confederate Artillery Batteries

“Washington Artillery, Company D”

The marker for Norcom’s Battery is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 4)

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Joseph Norcom, who was wounded on July 3.

Marker for Norcom's (Louisiana) Battery of the Army of Northern Virginia on the Gettysburg battlefield

Looking east. The Sherfy farm is in the distance alongside Emmitsburg Road. The red barn on the far left is the Klingle barn.

From the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Longstreet’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Eshleman’s Battalion Norcom’s Battery
Two Napoleons One 12 Pounder Howitzer

July 3. The Napoleons advanced before daylight into position 150 yards north of Peach Orchard near the Emmitsburg Road but their fire in the forenoon was desultory. Took active part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault and one of the guns supported the infantry attack by pushing forward 450 yards and keeping up a vigorous fire. After the assault was repulsed the Napoleons were moved several hundred yards to the left but soon disabled and sent to the rear. The Howitzer was brought forward and did effective service until withdrawn after dark.

July 4. At 9 A. M. marched with the Battalion to Cashtown to reinforce the cavalry guarding the wagon train.

Losses not reported in detail.