The Fifth United States Artillery, Battery K is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg, one on Hunt Avenue and one on the summit of Culp’s Hill.
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 Kinzie’s Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery, during Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
BATTERY K FIFTH U. S. ARTILLERY
Four 12 Pounders
Lieut. David H. Kinzie Commanding
July 1. Marched to within a mile and half of Gettysburg.
July 2. At daylight took position to command a gap between the First and Twelfth Corps. At 5 P. M. one section was placed on the summit of Culp’s Hill and assisted in silencing Confederate batteries on Benner’s Hill. At 6 P. M. rejoined the Battery at the foot of Powers’ Hill.
July 3. At 1 A. M. posted with Battery F 4th U. S. Artillery on the south side of Baltimore Pike opposite the centre of the line of the Twelfth Corps. At 4.30 A. M. opened fire on the Confederates in possession of the line vacated by the Twelfth Corps the preceding night. Firing continued at intervals until after 10 A. M. when the Confederates were driven out. Remained in the same position exposed to the severe shelling which came over Cemetery Hill in the afternoon.
Casualties Wounded 5 Men
When was this photograph taken? September 2, 2007.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located south side of Hunt Avenue by curve, west of Baltimore Pike.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: May 4, 2010.
Location: Summit of Culp’s Hill. This monument is marked on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: One of 45 monuments erected to units of the United States regular army on the battlefield. Red granite monolith with gabled top and rough hewn sides and back consists of polished Jonesboro granite 24 by 50 inches and 7 feet high. Set upon a concrete foundation with a descriptive 3’6″x3’7″ bronze tablet and the coat of arms of the United States in bronze. Locates position occupied by Kinzie’s Battery K, 5th U.S. Artillery during Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.
Inscription is identical to first monument.
Commander: Lt. David H. Kinzie (1841-1904). Born in Chicago, but entered West Point from the Kansas Territory. USMA 1861. Career soldier.
Number Engaged: 4 Napoleons and 86 men
Casualties: 5 wounded
Raised: The battery was raised from the Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Blair, and Schuykill in the fall of 1861.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized September, 1861. Attached to Provost Guard, Army Potomac, October, 1861, to March, 1862. Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac, to May, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Artillery Reserve, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to September, 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to October, 1862. Artillery Reserve, Army Potomac, to May, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 12th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland, October, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army Cumberland, to March, 1864. 1st Division. Artillery Reserve, Dept. Cumberland, to August, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 20th Army Corps, Army Cumberland, to October, 1864. Garrison Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to August, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula. Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 5-May 4. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Mechanicsville June 26. Gaines’ Mill June 27. Turkey Bridge June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement 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. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Shepherdstown Ford September 19. Shepherdstown September 20. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Operations on line of Memphis & Charleston Railroad October-November. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. At Chattanooga, Tenn., until August, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign. Siege of Atlanta August 25-September 2. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Occupation of Atlanta to October. Garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., until August, 1865.
United States Regular Army at Gettysburg
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