Lewis (Virginia) Artillery (Lewis’)

The Lewis Virginia Artillery Battery (Lewis’ Battery) served in Garnett’s Battalion of Heth’s Division of Hill’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

Lewis Battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, north of McMillan Woods. Located on East side of West Confederate Avenue, approximately one-third mile south of Fairfield Road and North of McMillan Woods.

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
HILL’S CORPS HETH’S DIVISION
GARNETT’S BATTALION LEWIS’S BATTERY
THE LEWIS ARTILLERY
Two 3 Inch Rifles Two Napoleons

July 1. One of the Rifles at 3.30 P. M. relieved one of Pegram’s guns on the ridge west of Herr’s Tavern and was engaged until the fight ended.

July 2. Both Rifles were in position here and took an active part in the artillery duel in the afternoon and evening with Union batteries on Cemetery Hill.

July 3. Moved under orders to a point south of McMillan’s Woods but not engaged at any time although from time to time under fire.

July 4. The Napoleons were never actively engaged in the battle but on this day were placed in position here. At night they rejoined the Rifles and with them began the march to Hagerstown.

Losses not reported in detail.

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