The First New York Artillery Battery G is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? July 3, 1893.
What is it made out of? Monument: Quincy granite with bronze adornment.
What size is it? Overall: approx. 18 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 4 in.
Who made it? Frederick & Field, fabricator.
What does it depict? Granite shaft with bronze relief of crossed cannon and tondo seal, with apex cap topped by a polished granite sphere. Monument is a granite shaft with an apex cap that has a cornice and polished sphere and set on a 6.4 foot square rough hewn base. The shaft contains inscriptions, a relief, and a bronze state seal on the west side and a bronze inscription tablet on the east face. Overall height is 18.4 foot.
What does it honor? The monument marks the position held by Battery G during the afternoon of July 2, 1863 when supporting the III Corps salient in the Peach Orchard.
How is it inscribed? BATTERY G./(AMES)/1ST N.Y. LIGHT ARTILLERY/ENGAGED HERE WITH 3D CORPS/3 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M. ON JULY 2, 1863./JULY 3D ON CEMETERY RIDGE WITH 1ST DIVISION, 2D CORPS/CASUALTIES, 7 WOUNDED (On back:) MUSTERED IN SEPT. 12, 1861
When was this photograph taken? September 20, 2009.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Monument is located in the Peach Orchard facing Emmitsburg Road.
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 1, 2010.
Location: Position marker is on Hancock Avenue, near intersection with United States Avenue. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: The position marker has a slant face, 1×1.6 foot. Denotes the battery’s position on July 3, 1863.
Commander: Capt. Nelson Ames (1836-1907). Native of Mexico, New York. Wounded during the Overland Campaign of 1864. Post-war mayor of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Number Engaged: 6 Napoleons and 132 men
Casualties: 7 wounded
After Action Report: After Action Report of Capt. Nelson Ames (will open a pop up window).
Raised: The men came from Oswego County, as well as Cook County (Illinois) — this contingent was originally Busteed’s Chicago Battery — and New York City (originally the 14th New York Independent).
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Elmira, N.Y., and mustered in September 24, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., October 31, 1861. Attached to Sumner’s Division, Army of the Potomac, November, 1861, to March, 1862. Richardson’s 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1862. Unattached, Artillery Reserve, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1862. Reserve Artillery, 2nd Army Corps, to November, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to May, 1863. 1st Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863. 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 2nd Army Corps, to September, 1864. Artillery Reserve, attached to 2nd Army Corps, to January, 1865. Artillery Reserve, attached to 9th Army Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty at Camp Barry, Defenses of Washington, D.C., November, 1861, to March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15, 1862. Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad March 28-31. Bealeton Station March 28. Warrenton Junction March 29. Rappahannock Station March 29. Moved to the Virginia Peninsula April 3. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Fair Oaks June 27. Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville August 15-30. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., September 22-October 29. Reconnaissance to Leesburg October 1-2. Leesburg October 1. Reconnaissance to Charlestown October 16-17. Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Snicker’s Gap November 2. Falmouth November 17, Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. On line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Stevensburg until May, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. “Bloody Angle,” Assault on the Salient, May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Hanover Court House May 30. Cold Harbor June 1- 12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve). Demonstration north of the James August 13-20. Deep Bottom, Strawberry Plains, August 14-18. Fort Steadman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28- April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Moved to Washington May. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 19, 1865. Battery lost during service 1 Officer and 11 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 16 Enlisted men by disease. Total 30.
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