Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

5th United States Artillery,
Battery K

Twelfth Corps HQ Flag

 

There are two monuments to Battery K, both with identical inscriptions. They are on Baltimore Pike at Hunt Avenue (39.81299° N, 77.22369° W; map) and on the summit of Culp's Hill next to the observation tower. (39.820074° N, 77.220294° W; map)

 

 

From the monuments (both have identical inscriptions):

Army of the Potopmac
Twelfth Corps
Battery K Fifth U.S. Artillery

Four 12 Pounders
Lieut. David H. Kinzie commanding

 

July 1 Marched to within a mile and a 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 Power's Hill

 

July 3 At 1 p.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


(above) The monument to Battery K, 5th U.S. Artilery on Hunt Avenut.
(below) The monument on Culp's Hill.

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