2nd Company Louisiana Washington Artillery

The 2nd Company of the Louisiana Washington Artillery (Richardson’s Battery) served in Eshelman’s Battalion of Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

richardson's 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 RICHARDSON’S BATTERY
Two Napoleons One 12 Pounder Howitzer

July 3. The napoleons took position before daylight north of the Peach Orchard but moved at dawn further northward and West of Emmitsburg Road. A Union 3 inch rifle left the day before between the lines was brought in under a heavy fire of skirmishers and served with this Battery which took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault. After the repulse of that assault was joined by the Howitzer and made preparations to assist in repelling a countercharge if attempted. Withdrew from the front after dark.

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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