Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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1st Rhode Island Artillery
Battery E

"Bucklyn's Battery"

 

First Corps HQ Flag

 

The monument to Battery E, First Rhode Island Light Artillery is south of Gettysburg on Emmitsburg Road. (39.80235° N, 77.2494° W; map)

 

About the monument

The granite monument stands sevan and a half feet high. Its front is incised with a design of crossed artillery rammers above a pile of cannon balls supporting the Rhode Island Coat of Arms surrounded by a laurel crown of victory . The cap has a relief of the diamond symbol of the Third Corps. The monument was dedicated by the State of Rhode Island on July 2nd, 1886.

 

Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant John K. Bucklyn. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville the previous month. Bucklyn was wounded on July 2, and Second Lieutenant Benjamin Freeborn took command in spite of being slightly wounded himself.

 

Battery E brought 116 men to the field serving six 12-pounder Napoleons.

 

Official Records

See Lieutenant Benjamin Freborn's Offical Report on the First Rhode Island Artillery, Battery E at the Battle of Gettysburg

 

 

From the monument:

 

Battery
E

Randolph's Battery
1. Lt. J.K. Bucklyn, Commanding.

 

From the left side:

 

3 men killed
2 officers
and
24 men
wounded

 

From the right side:

 

Battery
E

1st. R.I. L.A.
Artillery
Brigade
3rd Corps

July 2, 1863.

 

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Rhode Island Battery E at Gettysburg
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