Confederate Artillery Batteries

The marker to Taylor’s (Virginia) Battery is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 5) The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Osmond B. Taylor.

Henry Wentz, ordnance sergeant for the battery, was a Gettysburg native whose parents lived just north of the Peach Orchard. The battery fought just a short distance from his parents’ home on July 2nd.

Marker for Taylor's Battery on the Getysburg battlefield

Text from the marker:

Army of Northern Virginia 
Longstreet’s Corps Artillery Reserve
Alexander’s Battalion
 Taylor’s Battery
Four Napoleons

July 2. Took position here 4 P. M. and opened fire on Peach Orchard. Advanced at 5 P. M. with the infantry to a position about 400 feet north of Peach Orchard and east of Emmitsburg Road continuing actively engaged until night.

July 3. Took position 3 A. M. in main artillery line near Smith House northeast of Sherfy House on Emmitsburg Road and held it all day. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault supported that assault and aided in repelling sharpshooters afterwards. Retired from the front after night.

July 4. In position near here until 4 P. M. Then withdrew to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses Killed 2 Wounded 10

Marker for Taylor's Virginia Battery on the Getysburg battlefield

Looking southeast at the marker for Taylor’s Battery flanked by two 12-pounder Napoleons. In the distance Big Round Top is partially obscured by two trees while Little Round Top is to the left of the marker.

See more on the history of the Bath (Virginia) Artillery in the Civil War.