Amherst (Virginia) Artillery (Kirkpatrick’s)

The Amherst Virginia Artillery Battery served in Nelson’s Battalion of Ewell’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

Kirkpatrick's Battery Gettysburg May 2009

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:

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
EWELL’S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
NELSON’S BATTALION KIRKPATRICK’S BATTERY
AMHERST VA. ARTILLERY
One 3 Inch Rifle Three Napoleons

July 1. The Battery arrived too late on the field to participate in the engagement of the day.

July 2. Took position on Seminary Ridge 1/4 mile north of Chambersburg Pike. About 11 A. M. moved to the rear of Pennsylvania College and remained until night when the Battery returned to the position of the morning.

July 3. Ordered to the extreme left of the Confederate line. At midnight moved with Johnson’s Division to Seminary Ridge.

July 4. Took position on the ridge west of town and at midnight took up the line of march to Hagerstown.

No report of casualties or ammunition expended.

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