Rowan (North Carolina) Artillery (Reilly’s)

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 West side of South Confederate Avenue, near Alabama State Memorial.

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
Two Napoleons Two 10 Pounder Parrotts Two 3 Inch Rifles

July 2. Took position here 4 P. M. and was actively engaged until night. One rifle burst and a captured 10 pounder Parrott was substituted.

July 3. Two Parrotts moved to right. The other guns engaged in firing upon the Union lines within range. About 5 P. M. aided in repelling cavalry under Brig. Gen. Farnsworth which had charged into the valley between this point and Round Top.

July 4. Occupied position near by and west of this until 6 P. M. Then withdrew from the field.

Losses not reported in detail.

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