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5th Maine Battery

"Stevens' Battery"

 

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The monument to the Fifth Maine Battery is along Slocum Avenue on Stevens' Knoll just north of General Slocum's equestrian statue. (39.81935° N, 77.224564° W; map)

 

A marker on Seminary Avenue shows the battery's position on July 1st. (39.833741° N, 77.244946° W; map)

 

The Fifth Maine Battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Greenlief Thurlow Stevens. He was wounded on July 2nd, and Lieutenant Edward N. Whittier took command. Whittier went on to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Fisher's Hill in 1864.

 

The Fifth Maine Battery brought 136 men to the field serving six twelve-pounder Napoleons. It suffered 3 killed, 13 wounded, and 7 missing.

 

 

From the front of the monument:

Stevens' Battery
5th Maine, 1st Corps.
Fought here
July 1,2,3, 1863.
Also engaged
July 1st north of the
Seminary.
Ammunition expended
979 rounds.

 

From the right side:

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

 

From the left side:

Bull Run 2nd
Fredericksburg.
Chancellorsville.
Gettysburg.
Wilderness.
Spottsylvania.
Cold Harbor.
Petersburg.
Opequan.
Fisher's Hill.
Cedar Creek.

 

From the rear:

Losses
Bull Run 2nd.
1 officer and 3 men killed.
8 men wounded.
6 men missing.

Chancellorsville.
6 men killed.
3 officers and 19 men wounded.

Gettysburg.
2 men killed.
2 officers and 11 men wounded.
6 men missing.

Opequan.
6 men wounded.

Cedar Creek.
2 men killed.
16 men wounded.

 

 

From the marker on Seminary Avenue:

 

Stevens' Battery
5th
Maine
July 1, 1863

 

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