Poague’s Howitzers

Poague’s Howitzers served as members of Poague’s Battalion in Pender’s Division of Hill’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. The tablet honors detachments from the various batteries in Poague’s Battalion.

Poague's Howitzers Poague's Battalion Gettysburg February 2009

Location: West Confederate Avenue, opposite Virginia Monument.

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:

C. S. A.
ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
HILL’S CORPS PENDER’S DIVISION
POAGUE’S HOWITZERS

July 2. The howitzers in the lunettes nearby belonged to the batteries of Poague’s Battalion. One to Ward’s. Two to Brooke’s. One to Wyatt’s. One to Graham’s. But on this day they were detached and kept under shelter from the fire of the Union artillery which they could not return by reason of their short range.

July 3. In the morning the lunettes were constructed and the howitzers placed in them to meet a possible advance of the Union forces but as this did not occur they took no active part in the battle.

July 4. At dusk they withdrew from the field with their battalion and began the march to Hagerstown.

 

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