What I like most about the artillery pieces of Hazlett’s Battery on Little Round Top is that they’re so easily accessible. Some batteries are in obscure places, and others are so ensconced in the high grass that you couldn’t pay me enough to tramp through the ticks in the summer. Battery D, 5TH U.S. Artillery, however, is smack-dab on the summit of “Sugarloaf Mountain”, there for us to admire.
This particular piece dates to 1864 and was manufactured at West Point Foundry. The Hazlett-Weed monument can be partially seen at right. Note the platform behind the cannon to the left: this is where the stack of cannonballs for this particular piece once sat (see Monday’s post). This Parrott has seen better days but is still in good shape considering its age. The Park Service does a terrific job of restoring cannon barrels and carriages . . . I’ve watched over the years as the artillery pieces disappear and then return looking good as new.
ADJUTANT JOHN SUMMERFIELD JENKINS, SR.
Co. C, 14TH Virginia Infantry
Born abt. 1832 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 31
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