Dec 9

Guns representing Jones’¬†Battalion, northeast of the town of Gettysburg. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

In September of 2008, we visited the often overlooked Jones’ Battalion Avenue, just off the Old Harrisburg Road northeast of Gettysburg. When we visited in 2008, no artillery pieces were on display in this area. Today we’ll take another walk down Jones’ Battalion Avenue and look at the pieces that were returned to the field this summer.

As we all know, the real reason the North Gettysburg Trail was constructed (the trail leads from the town of Gettysburg out the Old Harrisburg Road and ends at about the center point of this photo) … This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… wasn’t to provide access to the Gettysburg Area High School … This view was taken facing northwest approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… or the Twin Oaks subdivision in the back right of this photo. It was obviously constructed to provide access to the markers and plaques to Lieutenant-Colonel Hilary Pollard Jones’ Artillery Battalion of the Confederate Second Corps. If you would like to read this marker, you may click on this image to enlarge it. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

Let’s walk a little farther down the avenue … This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… where we come upon the first plaque to the first of the battalion’s batteries … This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… “The Charlottesville Artillery” or Carrington’s Battery. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

Here is a detailed view. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

The majority of the markers and the artillery pieces are concentrated at the end of the avenue. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

The next battery marker is coming up on our right … This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… and is to Garber’s Battery. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

Here’s a slightly closer view. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

There were five vacant artillery gun spots in 2008, when we last visited Jones’ Battalion. Three of them have had guns returned, but this is one of two positions which have not had artillery on the field for quite some time. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

The guns which have returned are here at the cul-de-sac at the end of the avenue. We’ll show you a few angles of the guns in these next few images. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

Between the first and second gun in the middle of the cul-de-sac is the marker to Tanner’s Battery. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

On the other side of the cul-de-sac is the last gun. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

The plaque here is to Green’s Battery. Just to the other side of this plaque … This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

… is the second vacant spot where an artillery piece used to sit. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

The barrels on all three pieces are reproductions. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.

And here’s a final view of these three returned pieces. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2011.


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