About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected between 1907 and 1908.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished red Jonesboro Granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? 24 by 50 inches and 7 feet high.
Who made it? Van Armitage Granite Company
What does it depict? One of 45 monuments erected to units of the United States regular army on the battlefield. A red polished Jonesboro granite monolith that is set upon a concrete foundation with a descriptive 3’6′x3’7′ bronze tablet with the coat of arms of the United States in bronze.
What does it honor? Locates position occupied by Regular Battery H, 1st Artillery during Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
How is it inscribed? Reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
FIRST REGULAR BRIGADE
BATTERY H FIRST U. S. ARTILLERY
Six 12 Pounders
Lieut. Chandler R. Eakin Commanding
July 2. In position on Cemetery Hill facing the Emmitsburg Road. Engaged July 2nd and 3rd. Lieut. Eakin severely wounded after his guns went into battery and the command devolved on Lieut. Philip D. Mason.
Casualties Killed 1 Man Wounded 1 Officer and 7 Men Missing 1 Man
When was this photograph taken? February 23, 2012.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located in National Cemetery on east side, along upper drive.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been changed or materially altered.
The 1st United States Artillery, Battery H was also known as Randol’s Battery. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Ransom’s Brigade in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac.
Commander: Lt. Chandler P. Eakin (1836-1903). Civil engineer in Philadelphia. Wounded at Williamsburg and on July 2. When Eakin was wounded, Lt. Philip D. Mason (1842-1864) took command. Native of Boston, Massachusetts. Mortally wounded at battle of Trevilian Station.
Number Engaged: 6 Napoleons and 101 men
Casualties: 1 killed, 8 wounded, 1 missing
Raised: It was enlisted at New York City and contained men from there as well as Suffolk County in Massachusetts and Hamilton County in Ohio. Organized in 1821, the unit was stationed at Fort Sumter.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Stationed at Fort Sumter, S. C, January, 1861. Duty there until April, 1861. Defense of Fort Sumter April 12-13. Evacuation of Fort Sumter April 13 and reached Fort Hamilton, N.Y. Harbor, April 19. Moved to Chambersburg, Pa., June 3, and Joined Gen. Patterson’s army. Ordered to Washington, D.C., arriving August 28. Attached to Reserve Artillery, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Potomac, to May, 1862. 1st Regular Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to March, 1864. Camp Barry, D.C., to April, 1864. Consolidated with Battery “I” April 20, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Horse Artillery, Potomac, to May, 1865. Dept. of Washington.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Moved to Virginia Peninsula March. Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 5-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove June 25. Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Moved to Fortress Monroe, thence to Washington, D.C., August 16-23. Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad November 10-12. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 11-15. “Mud March” January 20-24. Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church February 5-7. At Falmouth until April. Rappahannock Bridge April 14. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. 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 12, 1864. Wilderness May 5-7. Spotsylvania May 8-21. North Anna May 23-26. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-7. Sheridan’s Trevillian Raid June 7-24. Trevillian Station June 11-12. Black Creek or Tunstall Station and White House or St. Peter’s Church June 21. St. Mary’s Church June 24. At Light House Point June 29-July 27. At Camp Barry until September. Arthur’s Swamp September 29. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 1. Wyatt’s Road October 1. Boydton Plank Road October 27-28. Warren’s Raid on Weldon Railroad December 12. Dabney’s Mills February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Namozine Church April 3. Paine’s Cross Roads April 5. Sailor’s Creek April 6. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D.C., May. Grand Review May 23.
United States Regular Army at Gettysburg
Infantry Units :: 2nd Infantry :: 3rd Infantry :: 4th Infantry :: 6th Infantry :: 7th Infantry :: 8th Infantry :: 10th Infantry :: 11th Infantry :: 12th Infantry :: 14th Infantry :: 17th Infantry :: Artillery Units :: 1st Artillery E&G :: 1st Artillery H :: 1st Artillery I :: 1st Artillery K :: 2nd Artillery A :: 2nd Artillery D :: 2nd Artillery G :: 2nd Artillery B&L :: 2nd Artillery M :: 3rd Artillery C :: 3rd Artillery F&K :: 4th Artillery A :: 4th Artillery B :: 4th Artillery C :: 4th Artillery E :: 4th Artillery F :: 4th Artillery G :: 4th Artillery K :: 5th Artillery C :: 5th Artillery D :: 5th Artillery F :: 5th Artillery I :: 5th Artillery K :: Cavalry Units :: 1st Cavalry :: 2nd Cavalry :: 5th Cavalry :: 6th Cavalry :: Other Units :: Engineer Battalion :: Signal Corps