Purcell (Virginia) Artillery (McGraw’s)

The Purcell Virginia Artillery Battery served in Pegram’s Battalion of A.P. Hill’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

McGraw's Battery Gettysburg December 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, McMillan Woods. Located on East side of West Confederate Avenue at McMillan Woods.

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 RESERVE ARTILLERY
PEGRAM’S BATTALION McGRAW’S BATTERY
THE PURCELL ARTILLERY
Four Napoleons

July 1. In position south of the Chambersburg Pike on the ridge west of Herr’s Tavern and actively engaged.

July 2. Early in the morning occupied this position and took part in the day’s conflict with the Union batteries and now and then dropped a shell among the busy sharpshooters.

July 3. Remained here and actively participated in all the operations of the artillery.

July 4. Withdrew about sunset and began the march to Hagerstown.

Losses not reported in detail.

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