The Fifth Maine Artillery Battery E is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? October 3, 1888.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: red beach granite; Sphere: black Addison granite; Base: Hallowell granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. H. 12 ft. 8 in.; Base: approx. 1 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. 4 in.
Who made it? Unknown, sculptor.
What does it depict? Four-sided monument stands on a tiered base and is topped with a large sphere. A relief of three uniformed soldiers shooting a cannon appears on the upper portion of the base on the right side. Monument is a two-part shaft of Hallowell and Red Beach granite topped by a black granite ball and set on a 5.4 foot square base. The lower part of the shaft has a bas-relief on the west face and the upper part has incised inscriptions on all faces. Overall height is 12.8 feet.
What does it honor? Monument marks the position held by Stevens’ Battery in Cemetery Hill, where it nearly destroyed the left flank of the Confederate attacking column on July 2, as Hoke’s and Hays’ brigades attempted to take the east of Cemetery Hill.
How is it inscribed? “IN THE ASSAULT UPON/EAST CEMETERY HILL/IN THE EVENING OF/JULY 2ND, THE ENEMY,/(HAYS AND HOKE’S BRIGADES),/EXPOSED THEIR LEFT FLANK TO/STEVENS’ BATTERY/WHICH POURED A TERRIBLE FIRE/OF DOUBLE CANISTER INTO/THEIR RANKS.”/DOUBLEDAY
When was this photograph taken? May 4, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Stevens Knoll, east of Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Near Slocum equestrian monument.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Located along extended route that includes Culp’s and Cemetery Hills.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: September 18, 2009.
Location: Confederate Avenue, near the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Position marker located on Seminary Lane/Confederate Avenue. This marker is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Denotes position on the afternoon of July 1 during the first day’s battle.
Small stone marker indicates position taken by Stevens’ 5th Maine Battery E at 2:00 PM on July 1, 1863.
Commander: Capt. Greenlieft T. Stevens (1831-1918). Born in Belgrade; graduated from Harvard in 1861. Wounded July 2. Served in the state legislature. Lt. Edward N. Whittier (1840-1902) took command from Stevens. Born in Groham; graduated from Brown University in 1862. Awarded the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill. Graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1869.
Number Engaged: 136; six 12 lbs Napoleon guns
Casualties: 3 killed, 13 wounded, 7 missing
Soldiers Buried in the Maine Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. Sullivan Luce, F-9
After Action Report: After Action Report of Lieut. Edward N. Whittier (will open a pop up window).
Raised: At large, with large contingents from Androscoggin County and Coos County (New Hampshire).
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Augusta and mustered in December 4, 1861. Duty at Augusta until March 10, 1862, and at Fort Preble, Portland, Me., until April 1. Moved to Washington, D.C., April 1-3. Camp on Capital Hill until May 19. Moved to Aquia Creek, thence to Fredericksburg, Va., May 19-22. Attached to 2nd Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862. 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 2nd Division, 1st Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 1st Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, Army of the Shenandoah, to July, 1865.
SERVICE–Moved to Front Royal, Va., May 25, 1862, and to Manassas June 17. At Warrenton July 4-22. March to Waterloo July 22, thence to Culpeper August 4. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 20-23. Thoroughfare Gap August 28. Battle of Groveton August 29, and Bull Run August 30. Ordered to Washington September 7, to refit, and duty there until October 24. Moved to Berlin October 24, and thence to Lovettsville October 30. Reconnoissance from Bolivar Heights to Rippen, W. Va., November 9. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Fletcher’s Chapel until April 28. Chancellorsville Campaign April 28-May 6. Operations at Fitzhugh’s Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Chancellorsville May 2-5. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 15, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Ny River May 10. Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. North Anna River May 23-26. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-19. Siege of Petersburg June 17-July 9, 1864. Ordered to Washington, D.C. Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 28. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher’s Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty at Strasburg until November 10. Near Winchester until December 28, and at Stevenson’s Depot until January 10, 1865. At Frederick, Md., until April 4. At Winchester until June 21. Ordered to Augusta, Me., June 21, and there mustered out July 6, 1865. Battery lost during service 2 Officers and 16 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 15 Enlisted men by disease. Total 33.