Bedford (Virginia) Artillery (Jordan’s)

The Bedford Virginia Artillery Battery (Jordan’s) served in Alexander’s Battalion of Longstreet’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

jordan's battery Gettysburg December 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, south of Millerstown Road. Located on East side of West Confederate Avenue, South of Millerstown Rd. near observation tower.

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
LONGSTREET’S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
ALEXANDER’S BATTALION JORDAN’S BATTERY
THE BEDFORD VIRGINIA ARTILLERY
Four 3 Inch Rifles

July 2. Took position here 4.30 P. M. Fired a few rounds at the Peach Orchard. Joined in the infantry charge and afterwards occupied position on crest near the Peach Orchard and was actively engaged until night.

July 3. Remained near the same position which was on the main artillery line. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s final assault and aided in supporting that assault. Retired from the front after night.

July 4. In position near here until 4 P. M. Then withdrew to Marsh Creek on Fairfield Road.

Losses serious but not reported in detail.

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