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1st Independent Battery
Civil War

Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

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1st Independent Battery Monument at Gettysburg

INSCRIPTIONS
Front - COWAN'S FIRST NEW YORK BATTERY ARTILLERY BRIGADE —SIXTH CORPS JULY 3, 1863 DOUBLE CANISTER AT TEN YARDS
Reverse - ERECTED IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES, JULY 3, 1887. " THE WORLD CAN NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY DID HERE." DURING THE CANNONADE PRECEDING LONGSTREET'S ASSAULT, THE BATTERY WAS ENGAGED A SHORT DISTANCE FARTHER TO THE LEFT, BUT BY ORDER OF GENERAI WEBB, IT MOVED AT A GALLOP TO THIS POSITION, WHICH BATTERY B, 1ST R. I. ARTILLERY HAD OCCUPIED. SKIRMISHING HAD JUST COMMENCED. THE CONFEDERATE LINES WERE ADVANCING AND CONTINUED THEIR CHARGE IN THE MOST SPLENDID MANNER UP TO OUR POSITION. THE ARTILLERY FIRE WAS CONTINUOUS AND DID MUCH EXECUTION. OUR LAST CHARGE, DOUBLE CANISTER, WAS FIRED WHEN SOME OF THE ENEMY WERE OVER THE DEFENCES AND WITHIN TEN YARDS OF OUR GUNS. OUR LOSS WAS FOUR MEN AND FOURTEEN HORSES KILLED, TWO LIEUTENANTS AND SIX MEN WOUNDED. THE BATTERY WAS RELIEVED ON THE MORNING OF JULY 5, AND RETURNED TO THE 6TH CORPS.

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