1st Company Louisiana Washington Artillery

The 1st Company of the Louisiana Washington Artillery (Squires’ Battery) served in Eshelman’s Battalion of Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

squires battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, Pitzer Woods.

Description: Cast iron tablet, 3’8″ x 3’4″, with raised inscription painted in a contrasting color and mounted on fluted cast iron post. All 4’4″ H. 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
LONGSTREET’S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
ESHLEMAN’S BATTALION SQUIRES’ BATTERY
One Napoleon

July 3. Having but one gun it co-operated all day with Miller’s Battery. Advanced before daylight into position about 100 yards north of the Peach Orchard assisted in repelling skirmishers and took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault. Moved several hundred yards to the left after the repulse of that assault to aid in resisting a countercharge if attempted. Withdrew soon afterward to the rear.

July 4. At 9 A. M. marched with the Battalion to Cashtown to reinforce the cavalry escorting the wagon train.

Losses not reported in detail.

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