The monument to Battery E First Rhode Island Light Artillery is south of Gettysburg on Emmitsburg Road. (Peach Orchard tour map)
About the monument to Battery E
The granite monument stands seven and a half feet high. Its front is incised with a design of crossed artillery rammers above a pile of cannon balls supporting the Rhode Island Coat of Arms surrounded by a laurel crown of victory. The cap has a relief of the diamond symbol of the Third Corps. The monument was dedicated by the State of Rhode Island on July 2nd, 1886.
Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg
The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant John K. Bucklyn. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville the previous month. Bucklyn was wounded on July 2, and Second Lieutenant Benjamin Freeborn took command in spite of being slightly wounded himself. Battery E brought 116 men to the field serving six 12-pounder Napoleons.
|See Lieutenant Benjamin Freborn’s Offical Report on Rhode Island’s Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg|
|Attached to the Artillery Brigade, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac|
From the front of the monument:
1. Lt. J.K. Bucklyn, Commanding.
From the left side of the monument:
3 men killed
2 officers and 24 men wounded
From the right side of the monument:
1st. R.I. L.A.
Artillery Brigade 3rd Corps
July 2, 1863.
Location of the monument to Battery E, 1st Rhode Island Artillery
The monument to Battery E Rhode Island Light Artillery is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Emmitsburg Road 95 yards north of Wheatfield Road. (39°48’08.5″N 77°14’57.8″W)