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 Weir’s Battery C, 5th U.S., during Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
FIRST REGULAR BRIGADE
BATTERY C FIFTH U. S. ARTILLERY
Six 12 Pounders
Lieut. Culian V. Weir Commanding
July 2. Arrived at Gettysburg from near Taneytown and in the afternoon was ordered to the front and by direction of Major General W. S. Hancock took position 500 yards further to the front and by order of Brig. General John Gibbon opened fire on the Confederates on the left front. The Confederates in front advanced to within a few yards no infantry opposing. Three of the guns were captured by the Confederates and drawn off to the Emmitsburg Road but were recaptured by the 13th Vermont and another regiment.
July 3. In the rear of the line until Longstreet’s assault was made when the Battery was moved up to Brig. General A. S. Webb’s line and opened with canister at short range on the advancing Confederates. At 6.30 P. M. returned to the Artillery Reserve.
Casualties Killed 2 men Wounded 2 Officers and 12 Men
When was this photograph taken? September 24, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located east side Hancock Avenue, north of Vermont Monuments.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
The 5th United States Artillery, Battery C was also known as Hascall’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. Gulian V. Weir (1837-1886). Father was professor of drawing at West Point. Stayed in post-war regular army, dying in July 1886 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It is alleged that Weir committed suicide over the loss of his cannons at Gettysburg.
Number Engaged: 6 Napoleons and 123 men
Casualties: 2 killed, 14 wounded
Soldiers Buried in the United States Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. Robert Morrison, C-27
- Pvt. John Porter, Company B-4
After Action Report: After Action Report of Lieut. Gulian V. Weir (will open a pop up window).
Raised: The battery was raised from Northampton County in Pennsylvania in September 1861.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized September, 1861. Attached to Artillery, McCall’s Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army Potomac, to April, 1862, and Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to August, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 3rd Corps, Army Virginia, to September, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army Potomac, to February, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, to May, 1863. 1st Regular Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac, to July, 1863. Camp Barry, Washington, D. C., 22nd Army Corps, to November, 1863. Consolidated with Battery “I” November, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to March, 1865. Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac, to June, 1865. Dept. of Washington, D.C., to ?.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C,. until April, 1862. Advance on Falmouth, Va., April 9-19. McDowell’s advance on Richmond May 25-28. Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula June. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Mechanicsville June 26. Gaines’ Mill June 27. Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Fort Monroe, thence to Centreville, Va., August 16-28. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 28-September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. South Mountain, Md., September 14. Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Pollock’s Mill Creek April 29-May 2. Fitzhugh’s Crossing April 29-30. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Draft riots in New York July 3-15. At Camp Barry, Washington, D.C., until November. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spotsylvania Court House May 8-21; Po River May 10. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 22-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-29. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Assaults on Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22, 1864. Deep Bottom July 27-29. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Moved to Washington, D.C., May. Grand Review May 23. Duty at Washington, D.C.
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