Sumter Georgia Artillery, Company A (Ross’)

The Sumter George Artillery Battery A served in Lane’s Battalion of R.H. Anderson’s Division of A.P. Hill’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

ross battery Gettysburg October 2007

Location: Located on East side of West Confederate Avenue, South of McMillan Woods.

Cast iron tablet, 3’8″ x 3’4″, with raised inscription painted in a contrasting color and mounted on fluted cast iron post. Tablets casts by Calvin Gilbert. The inscription on the 3.8′ x 3.4′ tablet narrates the events associated with Battery during the Battle.

Inscription:

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
HILL’S CORPS ANDERSON’S DIVISION
LANE’S BATTALION ROSS’ BATTERY
One Napoleon Three 10 Pounder Parrotts
One 3 Inch Navy Parrott One 12 Pounder Howitzer

July 2. Five of the guns were in position here and actively engaged under a heavy fire of artillery. The Howitzer was detached and served with Patterson’s Battery south of Spangler’s Woods.

July 3. Remained here and participated in all the operations of the artillery including the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault.

July 4. Withdrew about sunset and began the march to Hagerstown.

Losses Killed 1 Wounded 7 Missing 2

Ammunition expended 506 rounds. Horses killed or disabled 9.

 

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