Jeff Davis (Virginia) Artillery (Reese’s)

The  Jeff Davis Virginia Artillery served in Carter’s Battalion of Rodes’ Division of Ewell’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

Reese's Battery Gettysburg March 2008

Location: Oak Hill, southeast of Peace Memorial. Located on East side of North Confederate Avenue, overlooking McClean 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:

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
EWELL’S CORPS RODES’ DIVISION
CARTER’S BATTALION REESE’S BATTERY
THE JEFF DAVIS ARTILLERY
Four 3 Inch Rifles

July 1. Was placed in position near here in support of Dole’s Brigade against two divisions of the Eleventh Corps which were massing on his front and left flank. It rendered effective service not only in protecting Dole’s flank but also aided in dislodging the Union infantry and artillery from their position in the fields north of the town.

July 2. Remained in Reserve.

July 3. In position on Seminary Ridge near the railroad cut and took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault.

July 4. After nightfall began the march to Hagerstown.

Ammunition expended 229 rounds.

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