The monument to the 3rd Massachusetts Battery is south of Gettysburg on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Crawford Avenue. (Crawford Ave. & J. Weickert Farm tour map) The State of Massachusetts dedicated the monument in 1885. A marker on Wright Avenue shows the battery’s position on July 3 (Howe & Wright Avenues tour map).
Lieutenant Aaron Francis Walcott commanded the 3rd Massachusetts Battery at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 124 men to the field. The battery was attached to the Artillery Brigade of the Fifth Army Corps.
Main monument on Weickert Farm
The monument is inscribed with the crossed cannon symbols of the artillery branch of service and the Maltese Cross of the Union Fifth Corps.
From the front of the monument:
3rd Mass. Battery
From the rear of the monument:
July 2 1863
Location of the monument
The monument to the 3rd Massachusetts Battery is south of Gettysburg on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Crawford Avenue, in front of the J. Weickert farm. (39°47’48.2″N 77°14’17.1″W)
Marker on Wright Avenue
From the Wright Avenue marker:
Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps, Artillery Reserve
Massachusetts Light Artillery
Six 12 pounders
Lieut. A. F. Walcott commanding.
July 3. At 3 a.m. moved to and occupied this position until the close of the battle.