Salem Virginia Artillery (Griffin’s)

The Salem Virginia Artillery Battery (Griffin’s) served in Dance’s Battalion of Ewell’s Corps. The battery is honored by a tablet at Gettysburg.

Griffin's Battery Gettysburg September 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, south of Hagerstown Road. Located East side of West Confederate Avenue, South of Fairfield Road & near 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 RESERVE ARTILLERY
DANCE’S BATTALION GRIFFIN’S BATTERY
THE SALEM ARTILLERY
Two 3 Inch Rifles Two Napoleons

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

July 2. Remained in reserve on this ridge north of the railroad.

July 3. The Rifles were moved to this position early in the morning and took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet’s assault and continued firing for some time afterward. Withdrew at night to camp in rear.

July 4. The Napoleons occupied a position on this ridge south of the Railroad cut but did no firing. After nightfall they joined the Rifles and with them began the march to Hagerstown.

No losses reported. Ammunition expended 154 rounds.

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