2nd Richmond (Virginia) Howitzers (Watson’s)

The 2nd Richmond Virginia Howitzer Artillery Battery served in Dance’s Battalion of Ewell’s Corps. The battery is honored by two tablets at Gettysburg.

Watson's Battery Gettysburg November 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, Schultz Woods. Located on West side of West Confederate Avenue, just South of Fairfield Road and in Shultz 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
EWELL’S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
DANCE’S BATTALION WATSON’S BATTERY
SECOND RICHMOND HOWITZERS
Four 10 Pounder Parrotts

July 1. Reached the field in evening too late to take part in the battle.

July 2. Early in the morning took position on this ridge just north of Western Maryland R. R. cut. Opened fire about 4 P. M. upon the batteries on Cemetery Hill and continued firing until dark.

July 3. Moved to this position. Took part in the great cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and kept firing for some time afterwards. Withdrew at night to camp in rear.

July 4. After nightfall began the march to Hagerstown.

Ammunition expended 661 rounds. Losses not reported in detail.

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