3rd Richmond (Virginia) Howitzers (Smith’s)

The 3rd Richmond Virginia Howitzer Artillery Battery served in Dance’s Battalion of Ewell’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

Monument to Smith's Howitzer Battery (Virginia) of Dance's Battalion. Gettysburg June 2010

Location: West Confederate Avenue, on Seminary grounds. Located on West side of Confederate, North of intersection with Spring Avenue on Seminary grounds.

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 RESERVE ARTILLERY
DANCE’S BATTALION SMITH’S BATTERY
THIRD RICHMOND HOWITZERS
Four 3 Inch Rifles

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

July 2. Early in the morning took position here. About 4 P. M. opened fire upon the batteries on Cemetery Hill and continued firing until dark.

July 3. Moved to position south of Fairfield Road. 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 314 rounds.

Losses Killed 1 Wounded not reported.

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