Rowan (North Carolina) Artillery (Reilly’s) (July 3)

Rowan’s (North Carolina) Artillery (Reilly’s Battery) served in Henry’s Battalion of Hood’s Division, Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by two tablets at Gettysburg, honoring the main battery and the location of a section on July 3.

Reilly's Battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: South Confederate Avenue, Bushman Field. Located on South side of South Confederate Avenue at stone gun redans overlooking Bushman Farm.

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: Text is as follows,

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
LONGSTREET’S CORPS HOOD’S DIVISION
HENRY’S BATTALION REILLY’S BATTERY
THE ROWAN ARTILLERY
A Section Two 10 Pounder Parrotts

July 3. These guns were detached and first occupied position 300 yards west of this hotly engaged with the artillery of the Union Cavalry Division down the Emmitsburg Road. When the cavalry under Brig. Gen. Farnsworth charged into the valley of Plum Run they were placed here aided in repelling that charge and guarded this flank until night.

July 4. Rejoined the Battery and shared in all its movements.

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