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“Stevens’ Battery”

The main monument to the 5th Maine Battery is along Slocum Avenue on Stevens’ Knoll just north of General Slocum’s equestrian statue. (Stevens Knoll tour map) A marker on Seminary Avenue shows the battery’s position on July 1st. (Seminary Avenue tour map )

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Greenlief Thurlow Stevens. He was wounded on July 2nd  and Lieutenant Edward N. Whittier took command. Whittier went on to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Fisher’s Hill in 1864.

The 5th Maine Battery brought 136 men to the field serving six twelve-pounder Napoleons. It suffered 3 killed, 13 wounded, and 7 missing.

1st Corps Headquarters Flag

Main monument on Steven’s Knoll


From the front of the monument:

Stevens’ Battery 5th Maine, 1st Corps.
Fought here July 1,2,3, 1863.
Also engaged July 1st north of the Seminary.
Ammunition expended 979 rounds.

From the right side of the monument:

In the assault upon East Cemetery Hill in the evening of July 2nd, the enemy, (Hays’ and Hoke’s Brigades) exposed their left flank to Stevens’ Battery which poured a terrible fire of double canister into their ranks – Doubleday

From the left side of the monument:

Bull Run 2nd
Cold Harbor.
Fisher’s Hill.
Cedar Creek.

From the rear of the monument:

Bull Run 2nd.
1 officer and 3 men killed.
8 men wounded.
6 men missing.

6 men killed.
3 officers and 19 men wounded.

2 men killed.
2 officers and 11 men wounded.
6 men missing.

6 men wounded.

Cedar Creek.
2 men killed.
16 men wounded.

Monument to the 5th Maine Artillery at Gettysburg

Location of the main monument

The monument to the 5th Maine Battery is southeast of Gettysburg on the south side of Slocum Avenue just after its intersection with Williams Avenue, in front of the equestrian monument to General Slocum. Slocum Avenue is one way north- and westbound. (39°49’09.7″N 77°13’28.4″W)

Position marker on Seminary Ridge

Marker showing the position of the 5th Maine Battery on July 1st at Gettysburg

The view looks west towards Reynolds Avenue

From the marker on Seminary Avenue:

Stevens’ Battery
5th Maine
July 1, 1863

Marker showing the position of the 5th Maine Battery on July 1st at Gettysburg

Location of the position marker on Seminary Ridge

The position marker for the 5th Maine Battery is west of Gettysburg on the west side of Seminary Avenue about 100 yards such of US 30. (39°50’01.5″N 77°14’41.8″W)

See more on the history of the 5th Maine Battery in the Civil War