Battery L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery: “About the middle of the afternoon an orderly came rapidly up, asking our battery to come to the assistance of the Fifth Corps. I started on the trot, and reported to General Sykes, who ordered the battery to cover the valley. The rocky nature of the ground compelled us to unhitch our horses and place our guns in position by hand; the left section, in charge of Lieut. H. F. Guthrie, on the left of a road leading from the valley, and on the right slope of Little Round Top (Weed's Hill); the center and right sections, in charge of Lieuts. James Gildea and William Walworth, on the right of said road. We had hardly placed our guns in position when the Fifth Corps was forced back by a terrific charge of Longstreet's corps, and came rushing through us, but began rallying on us as soon as they understood matters. Our front was hardly clear when the irregular, yelling line of the enemy put in his appearance, and we received him with double charges of canister, which were used so effectively as to compel him to retire. So rapidly were the guns worked that they became too hot to lay the hand on. But for the position of the battery, and the gallantry with which it was handled by the men, I have no doubt the enemy would have accomplished his purpose of breaking our lines at this point, and possibly changed the fortunes of the day. - Captain Frank C. Gibbs
From the Official Reports of the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Volume XXVII/1
Inscription on the monument: (Front)
Captain F. C. Gibbs
L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery
Artillery Brigade 5th Corps
Erected by the State of Ohio
1st Ohio Light Artillery
July 2. 3. 1863
Arriving on the field at 8 a.m. July 2, went into position under a brisk skirmish fire on the extreme right of Wolf Hill. Afterwards moved to north slope of Little Round Top, and there became hotly engaged with Longstreet's Corps then trying to turn the left. Held same position July 3.
This battery was recruited at Portsmouth Ohio, in the Autumn of 1861 by Captain L.N. Robinson. Was mustered out July 4. 1865. Took part in 12 important battles.
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