Brooks (South Carolina) Artillery (Rhett’s)

Brooks’ South Carolina Artillery Battery (Rhett’s) served in Alexander’s Battalion of Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

rhett's battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, north of Millerstown Road.

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
ALEXANDER’S BATTALION RHETT’S BATTERY
THE BROOKS ARTILLERY
Four 12 Pounder Howitzers

July 2. Took position here at 4 P. M. and opened fire. When the charge was made on the Peach Orchard moved to a point near there and with other batteries supported the infantry in its further advance. Assisted in harassing the retiring Union forces causing them to abandon temporarily several guns. Continued firing until night and aided in preventing pursuit of the Confederate advanced lines when they fell back shortly before dark.

July 3. In position at dawn in the artillery line on the ridge running north from the Peach Orchard and on duty there all day. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault and retired from the front after night.

July 4. Remained near here until 4 P. M. and then withdrew to Marsh Creek on the Fairfield Road.

Losses heavy but not reported in detail.

 

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