Rigby's Battery "A" Light Artillery

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Maryland Battery A Light Artillery Antietam
Smoketown Road at the intersection with
Mumma Lane

Monument Text

Battery A
1st MD Light Artillery
1st Slocum's Division
6th Franklin's Corps
The battery under the command of Capt. John W. Wolcott occupied a line 100 feet in rear of this
marker and facing Dunkard Church. Loss 1 killed, 11 wounded. The monument to the Maryland troops is near the Dunkard Church.

This monument is located south of Gettysburg on Granite Schoolhouse Road--Powers Hill.
Park on Granite Schoolhouse Road and follow the trail into the woods behind the 77th New York monument.


Maryland's Tribute to her loyal sons.

Rigby's Maryland Battery A


Principal engagements:
Seven Days Battles Before
Richmond Va. 1862,
Crampton's Gap Md. Sep. 4 1862
Antietam Md. Sep. 17, 1862
Fredericksburg Va. Dec. 13, 1862
2nd Fredericksburg May 3-4 1863
Gettysburg Pa. July 2-3, 1863.

Rigby's Battery A
1st Maryland Light Artillery
Capt. James H. Rigby

Occupied this position on the morning of
July 2nd, 1863 and remained in battery until
the termination of the battle engaging a
battery of the enemy on the 2nd, and on
the morning of the 3rd shelling the woods
in front for nearly three hours assisting
in driving out the enemy.

Left Side:

Organized at Baltimore Md.
October 1861.
Consolidated with Battery B
Maryland Light Artillery
March 11, 1865.

Right Side:

Losses in action
killed 5 - wounded 18 - missing 3.
Total 26.
Strength at Gettysburg
Officers 4 - enlisted men 102.

John P. Appleby

Organized at Baltimore, Md., with Purnell Legion August and September, 1861. Attached to Dix's Command, Baltimore, Md., to May, 1862. 4th Brigade, Artillery Reserve, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to July, 1863. 3rd Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. Camp Barry, Defenses of Washington, 22nd Army Corps, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to July, 1864. Reserve Division, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, West Virginia, to March, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty at Baltimore, Md., and on eastern shore of Maryland till May, 1862. Joined Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. Peninsula Campaign June to August. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26. Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing till August 15. Movement to Fortress Monroe and Alexandria August 15-22. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of Crampton's Pass, South Mountain, Md., September 14. Antietam September 16-17. At Downsville, Md., till October 29. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At White Oak Church till April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June II-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan till October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8, Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Morton's Ford February 6-7. At Camp Barry and in the Defenses of Washington March to July, 1864. Dismounted and ordered to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., July 3 as Infantry. Duty in District of Harper's Ferry, W. Va., till March, 1865. Consolidated with Battery "B," Maryland Light Artillery, March 11, 1865.

Battery lost during service 6 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 28 Enlisted men by disease. Total 34.

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