Union monuments at Gettysburg > New Hampshire


The monument to the 1st New Hampshire Battery Light Artillery is southeast of Gettysburg in the National Cemetery. (National Cemetery tour map) The State of New Hampshire dedicated the monument on July 3rd, 1912.

Captain Frederick M. Edgell of Manchester commanded the battery at the Battle of Gettysburg. It brought 111 men to the field. They manned four 6″ Ordnance Rifles. The 1st Battery was assigned to the Huntington’s 3rd Volunteer Brigade of the Artillery Reserve

The battery arrived on the field on the afternoon of July 2 around 4 p.m. and was posted to the position marked by the monument. They relieved the 2nd Maine Battery, which had four of its six cannon disabled in two days of fighting and the retreat from Seminary Ridge. Edgell’s battery was ordered later in the day to a position south of Evergreen Cemetery along Baltimore Pike. From this location they helped throw back the Confederate attack on Cemetery Hill that evening. The battery returned to its original position in the early afternoon of July 3 and participated in the repulse of Pickett’s Charge. The 1st Battery lost three men wounded. 

Monument to the 1st New Hampshire Battery at Gettysburg

Text from the monument:

On this ground
Edgell’s 1st New Hampshire Battery
Light Artillery
fired three hundred and fifty-three
rounds of ammunition
July 2nd and 3rd, 1863
Erected by the State of New Hampshire
July 3rd. 1912

View of the monument to the 1st New Hampshire Battery at Gettysburg

View of the monument in the National Cemetery

Location of the monument 

The monument is south of Gettysburg in the south end of the National Cemetery. It is about 50 yards northeast of the Taneytown Road cemetery gate. (39°49’05.0″N 77°13’55.8″W)

See more on the history of the 1st New Hampshire Battery in the Civil War