Sharing favorite personal photos, relating human interest stories, indulging my love of Civil War artillery, and honoring the brave men in blue and gray who fought and died on the first 3 days of July, 1863
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It has become a miniature obsession of mine to identify as many Gettysburg artillery batteries as possible, and I’m always relieved when a personal photograph clearly identifies the artillery in question. There are quite a few batteries located along the 11th Corps Line “off the beaten path” of the Gettysburg tour route. The one shown above is Dilger’s Battery, properly known as Battery I, 1st Ohio Light Artillery. It was heavily (and fruitfully) involved in the first day’s battle and withdrew when the majority of the 11th Corps did so, yet still managed to take a stand before retreating through the streets of Gettysburg.
Two 12-pounder Napoleons flank the handsome monument to Dilger’s Battery which dates from 1887. If you go to check it out, don’t forget to look for Wheeler’s Battery, the 13th New York Independent Light Battery, and its array of 3-inch Ordnance Rifles.
CPT. JOHN COUPER FRASER
Pulaski Artillery (Georgia)
Born 1832 --- Died July 3, 1863 at age 31
Cpt. Fraser was in command of the Pulaski Artillery also known as “Fraser’s Battery.” He is buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, though that may not be his actual resting place. There seems to be a conflict regarding Cpt. Fraser’s actual death date. Some genealogists place it on July 3rd and others on July 11th.