1st Richmond (Virginia) Howitzers (McCarthy’s)

1st Richmond Virginia Howitzers Artillery Battery served in Cabell’s Battalion of McLaws’ Division, Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

mccarthy's battery Gettysburg March 2010

Location: West Confederate Avenue, south of Millerstown Road. Located on East side of West Confederate Avenue, south of Millerstown Road and opposite Biesecker 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
LONGSTREET’S CORPS McLAWS’ DIVISION
CABELL’S BATTALION McCARTHY’S BATTERY
FIRST RICHMOND HOWITZERS
Two Napoleons Two 3 Inch Rifles

July 2. At 3.30 P. M. placed in reserve near here. The rifled guns advanced to this position at 4 P. M. and engaged in severe artillery fight until dark. The men of the Napoleon section sometimes relieved those of the rifled section.

July 3. Advanced and formed part of the main artillery line the rifle section near Emmitsburg Road the Napoleons further to the left all hotly engaged sometimes changing positions. Retired from the front after dark.

July 4. In position near here. One Napoleon aided in checking a hostile advance. All withdrew from the field at night.

Ammunition expended about 850 rounds. One rifle was disabled.

Losses Killed 2 Wounded 8 Horses killed or disabled 25

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