Sumter Georgia Artillery, Company B (Patterson’s)

The Sumter George Artillery Battery B 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.

patterson's battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, north of Pitzer Woods. Located on East side of West Confederate Ave, nearly opposite Berdan Avenue.

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 PATTERSON’S BATTERY
Two Napoleons Four 12 Pounder Howitzers

July 2. Was detached from the Battalion in the morning together with the Howitzers of Ross’ Battery and ordered into position here. In the afternoon opened fire upon the Union positions north of the Peach Orchard and when the infantry advanced at 6 P. M. moved forward with it beyond the Emmitsburg Road and was engaged there until dark.

July 3. Occupied a position near here in reserve and did not take part in the active operations of the day.

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

Losses Killed 2 Wounded 5 Missing 2

Ammunition expended 170 rounds. Horses killed or disabled.

 

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