Danville (Virginia) Artillery (Rice’s)

The Danville Virginia Artillery Battery (Rice’s Battery) served in McIntosh’s Battalion of A.P. Hill’s Corps. The battery is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.

Rice's Battery Danville Virginia Artillery

Location: West Confederate Avenue, Schultz Woods. Located 100′ West of West Confederate Avenue opposite Schultz Woods, just south of Fairfield Road.

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
HILL’S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
McINTOSH’S BATTALION RICE’S BATTERY
DANVILLE VIRGINIA ARTILLERY
Four Napoleons

July 1. In position near Chambersburg Pike west of Herr’s Tavern and firing when Union forces were visible. Enfiladed their line at one time in and near railroad.

July 2. Two guns took position here and were actively engaged under heavy fire of sharpshooters and artillery. The other two guns in reserve.

July 3. All the guns were actively engaged in this position.

July 4. Withdrew at evening to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses not reported in detail.

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