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October 11-16, 1886,











Rliode fclaiid Excursion to GettysMrg,

OCTOBER, 1886.

The following resolution was passed by the General As-
sembly of Rhode Island, April 14, 1886, viz :

Resolved, That the sum of three thousand dollars is hereby
appropriated to perpetuate the participation of the IMiode Island
troops at the battle of Getl^^sburg, to be expended under the su-
pervision of Messrs. Horatio Rogers, Elisha H. Rhodes, Amos
M. Boweu, 2nd R. I. Volunteers, D. Coit Taylor and Chas. Cor-
nell, Battery " B," Wm. Millen and Pardon S. Jastram, Battery
" p]," Benjamin H. Child and James P. Rhodes, Battery " A,"
in manner following, that is to say : One thousand dollars thereof
to be paid to the president and directors of the Gettysburg Battle-
field Memorial Association to be expended in the purchase of
additional grounds of special interest upon said battlefield, and
especially for u site for the memorial of Battery E, First Rhode
Island Light Artillery, hereinafter mentioned, and in acquiring
rights of way in constructing roads and avenues, in the preserva-
tion of natural and artificial defences and in the erection of such
memorial structures as are contemplated by the charter of said
Association ; also a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars each,
to be paid to the 2nd Rhode Island Veteran Association, Battery
A, Battery B and Battery E, Veteran Associations of the First
Rhode Island Light Artillery, respectivel}^ whenever it shall be
shown to said committee that said respective Veteran Associations
have calised to be erected on the battlefield of Gettysburg a me-
morial of their respective regiment or batteries satisfactory to the
Superintendent of Tablets and Legends of said Gettysburg Battle-
field Memorial Association, but the sums so paid respectively shall
not exceed the actual cost of the respective memorials ; and the
state auditor is hereby authorized and directed from time to time
to draw his orders on the general treasurer for said sums out of
any money in the treasury not otherwise ap[)roi)iiated, v\[Hn\ the
order of said committee.


The persons named in the resulntion were appointed com-
mittees by their respective Associations at the reunions held
in the summer of 1885, to procure suitalde memorials and
cause them to be erected on the battlefield of Gettysburg, and
befoie the end of June, 188G, all the memorials had been
placed in position ready for dedication. That of the Second
Rhode Island Volunteers cost one thousand dollars, the As-
sociation having added live hundred dollars to the amount
appropriated by the State, while the three batteries limited
the cost of their memorials to the amount of the State appro-
priation. Those of the Second Rhode Island Volunteers and
Batteries A and E, were designed and constructed Ijy the
Smilh Granite Company of Westerly, but that of Battery B
was the workmaiishi]) of John Flaherty of Niantic.

The n»emorial of the Second Rhode Island Volunteers is
eight feet six inches high, and consists of a s(piare monument
of Westerly gianite, simple in form, with sharp, well-delincd
outlines, sujjporting a bronze grouji of military devices. The
ground l)ase is four and a half feet square and eighteen inches
high, with a rough quarried sui'face, while all the other sur-
faces are fine hammered. The second Inise, which is three
feet ten inches square and one foot eight inches high, has a
deep wash or slojiing surface from its upper edge or junction
with the di<' or principal stone. In liold relief on the front
of this base is the Sixth Corps badge :uid ibis sunken iuscrip-
ti(»n, "July 2 and 3, 1803." The i)lain nuissive die. which is
two feet ten inches square and tluee feet eight inches high, is
onlv r<'licved on its front by a ciicuhir sunken disk contain-
ing the ear\ed and p'ljiisbed arms of the ."^late i>t Rh«»de Islam!,
above which are the words " J>id R. I. N'oiunleers," and below,
"Second lirigade, Thinl Hivision, Sixth Corps." Tpon the
die rests a jMfinted capstone, and the whtde is crowned by a
group of war devices in brun/.e, forming the nmst striking
feature of the memorial and representing, in lull size, a drum,
on which at the li^iht rests a belt, a cartridge box, a Itayonet
scabbard and a canteen, with i\ cap on the top, near the friuit
edge ot the ilrnm, and a large laurel wreath leaning against


it Oil tlie left. This memorial is located at the northeasterly
base of Little Round Top upon the easterly side of what is
now Battle Avenue, and near the entrance of what is now
termed Little Round Top Park — it being on or close by the
spot where the Second Rhode Island first went into line of
battle and where it passed the night of July 2d, 1863.

The memorial of Battery A is also executed in selected
Westerly granite, the perpendicular face of the lower base
being left rough, while all the rest is finished in fine ham-
mered work. The lower base is four and a half feet square,
the second base three and a half feet, the die two feet ten
inches at bottom and two feet eight inches at top, the total
height, including capstone, being seven feet nine inches. The
front of the die is covered with a raised and polished design
representing the arms of the State of Rhode Island grouped
with a gun, a wheel and crossed sponge staffs, all of about
half size. The inscription in sunken letters on the front is
" Arnold's Battery, July 2 and 3, 1863"; on the right, "Bat-
tery A, First R. I. L. A., Artillery Brigade, Second Corps";
on the left, " Four Killed, Twenty -four Wounded." The cap
stone, which is perpendicular in front and rear, and with a
wash showing at the sides, is terminated with a heavy trefoil
cresting, the end view or cross section of which, as seen at
front and rear, where it slightly projects, forms the outline
of the badge of the Second Corps, to which the battery was

The memorial of Battery A is about a hundred yards north
of that of Battery B, both being upon Battle Avenue, the for-
mer on the west side and the latter on the east. Both me-
morials stand upon ground occupied by the respective batteries
during the third day's fight as well as very near the spots
occupied during the second day's fight, and both are close by
the angle and the famous clump of little trees which the Con-
federate Gen. Pickett took as the point of direction in his
desperate charge of July 3d.

The memorial of Battery B is composed of seven pieces of
Westerly granite weighing four and a half tons, and is nine


and a half feet high. It is square in form, the base being
fifteen inches deep and tln-ee feet eight inches square, and the
finish is a combination of "rustic" — that is, giving the ap-
pearance of roughly-hewn natural rock — and hammered work,
(he capstone l)eing hammered. The whole is surmounted by a
granite representation of a cannon ball. The die bears the
Second Corps badge and the inscription, " Brown's Battery B,
First R. I. Light Artillery, Second Brigade, Second Corps,
Ai my of the Potomac."

The memorial of Battery E is located on the easterly side
of the Emmettsbuig Road just northerly of Sherfy's Peach
Orchard, that battery having been in the Third Corps and
actively engaged with it on that part of the field in the second
day's light. As, however, this memorial was dedicated July
3d, 1886, at the time of the Third Corps Reunion, its dedica-
tion formed no feature of the Rhode Island Excursion to Got-
t\ sburg, hence no further mi^ntion of it will be made here.

At the reunious in the sumuiei* of 1886, of the several As-
sociations^ other than Batteiy E, having memorials at Gettys-
l)urg, cdiumiltees were appointed to arrange for an excui'sion
to dedicate the nieniniiiils and to visit the various points of
interest on the l)atth'lield. The committees thus appointed
united and formeil a single Excursion Committee, its members
being Gen. Horatio Rogers, Gen. Elisha II. Rhodes and Lieut.
Amos M. iJowen nf \Ur -J.l \l. I. Vols., Ca|>t. Benj. H. Child of
Battery A, Isf !{. 1. L. .V., :iinl D. Coit Taylor and Capt. Gideon
Spencer nl' jlaiieiy H, Isl K. I. li. A. Gen. Rogers was ap-
pointt'd ebairuian, aud .Mr. T;iyl(tr secretary. An excui'sion
was organized In visit (Jettysburg in October, 1886, and all
disposed to join it were invited to do so. Though the Chair-
m.'iu (it the lv\eiiisioM was to preside ;it all the dedicatoiy
8er\ iei's, yet otlu'rwise the eiiiinnittee ol each Association was
to arrange and carry out the programme at its own memoi'ial.
The d<'l:iils ot the e\eursi(»n will liest lie siiowu liV the follow-
ing i'irculars isMied liy a Sult-t'oniuiittee or by the Ivviniision



Providence, September 16, 1886.

The undei'signecl, represeutiug the Committee of the Second
Rhode Island Vohinteers and Batteries A and B, Rhode Island
Light Artillery, announce the following in relation to the proposed
excursion to the Battle-field of Gettysburg.

The fare from Providence to Gettysburg and return, via New
York and Harrisburg, $12.00; the hotel rates at Gettysburg as
follows: McClellan House, $1.50 per day; Eagle Hotel, $2.00
per day.

The Excursion will leave Providence, via Stoniugton Line,
Monday, October 11, arriving at Gettysburg, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. ;
leave Gettysburg, Friday, at 4.45 a. m., arriving in New York at
2 p.m.

Meals going and returning and rides about the Battle-field will
be extra.

It is important that the committee be informed immediately if
you intend to take the trip, as they are obliged to guarantee the
sale of fifty tickets in order to secure the above rates. Please fill
out and return the enclosed postal card without delay, writing
your name, address and number of tickets you require. Further
information will be sent to those agreeing to go. This excursion
will include citizens and ladies at the same rate as for the Veterans.

E. H. Rhodes, 2d R. I. Vols. , ^

Benjamin II. Child, Battery A, R. I. L. A., V Committee.

D. CoiT Taylor, Battery B, R. I. L. A. , )


Providence, October 4, 1886.

The following is announced for the information of those in-
tending to join the excursion :

The party will leave Providence, Monday, October 11, at 7.15
p. in. , via Stonington Line ; leave Gettysburg, Thursday, Octo-
ber 14, at 5.20 p. m., and pass the night in Harrisburg. By
presenting your P^xcursion Ticket at the Ticket Office in Harris-

8 uiiDiii: isi.ANn kx( i itsioN to Gettysburg.

l)ur<i: yoii oaii imicliasi' ;i Ticket from Ilarrislmrg to Wasbiugtoii
ami rftiirn for ^.VUU.

The return ticket from llarrisbiirg to New York will be good
until inidniglit, Thursday, October 21bt; tlie ticket from New
York to Providence will be good until October 3Utli. You can
stop over at Pliihideljdiia if you wish.

Tickets will be for sale on and after October 7, at Ticket Office
of N. Y., B. & P. R. R. Passenger Station, Exchange Place,
Providence, price SPi.OO; State Roon) Tickets for Monday night
can be purchased from the undersigned at City Hall, Providence,
on Saturday iind Monday, October Oth and 11th, from 12 to 2
J), m.

Additional Printed Information will be distributed on the train
from Providence, Monday Evening.

Procure your tickets early.

K. II. RHODES, Excursion Manager.

Rhode Island Excursion to GOTYSBURa, PEnn.,

O C 'X" O B K R , 18 8 6.


<j!kn. IbjUATK) Rocers, Gex. Elisha II. KUODES,

biKiT. Amos:\I. Bowen, 2d R. I. Vols.

Catt. Bex.ia.min II. Cnii.D, Battery A, R. I. L. A.

D. Corr Tavi.ois, Capt. Gideon SrEXCER,

BattcTV B, R. I. L. A.


Gen. IIouatio RtxiEUR. Ciiairniaii. Rev. Samuel II. Webb, C'liaplaiu.
1). Corr Taylor, Stirclary. Gen. Elisiia II. Ruodes, ^Manager.

Monday, October 11.
. I . I M. I.tave I'rovideiu'c. Sloniufjloii Line.
p. M. 'lake Steamer .Ma.s.saciiusetts at Stouiuglon.

Tuesday. Oet. 12.
0.:{0 a. m .Vrrivc at New York.
Urnikfa.sl wln-ii and wiiere ytju please. Cross to Jersey City by ferry,


either at Desbrosscs' or Coiirtluud street, A good restauraut will be f ouud
at the Jersey City depot.

9.16 A. M. Train leaves Jersey City, Peun. R. R.

11.30 A. M. Arrive at Philadelphia. Twenty minutes for dinner.

11.50 A. M. Leave Philadelphia.

3.20 p. M. Arrive at Harrisburg. Change cars.

3.40 p. M. Leave Harrisburg.

5.50 p. M Arrive at Gettysburg. Select your hotel.

Headquarters at Eagle Hotel. Rates: Eagle Hotel, $2.00 per day; Mc-
Clellan House, $1.50 per day.

Wednesday, Oct. 13.

At Gettysburg : The R. I. Memorials will be dedicated. Addresses by
Gen. Horatio Rogers and others.
Notices giving particulars will be posted at the hotels.

Thuksday, Oct. 14.

At Gettysburg : Rides over the Battle-field with guide. Fare for ride,
$1.00. See notices posted at hotels.

5.20 p. M. Leave Gettysburg.

7.45 p. M. Arrive at Harrisburg, and remain over night at the United
States Hotel. Rate, $2.00 per day.

Parties who wish, by presenting their Excursion Tickets at the ticket
oflBce, can purchase tickets from Harrisburg to Washington and return for

On returning they must leave Harrisburg in time to reach New York
before midnight, Thursday, Oct. 21.

Friday, Oct. 15.

7 A. M. Leave Harrisburg.
10.20 A. M. Arrive at Philadelphia.

Stop over at Philadelphia if you wish. Ask conductor for stop-over
checks after leaving Harrisburg.
11.15 A. M. Leave Philadelphia.
2 p. M. Arrive at New York.
4.30 p. M, Take Stonington steamboat. Secure your staterooms early.

Saturday, Oct. 16.

2 A. M. Arrive at Stonington.

3 A. M. Take cars for Providence.

If you wish you can remain upon the boat and take 7.55 a. m. train for
Providence. The wise and the sleepy will do so.

4.30 or 9.15 A. M. Arrive in Providence. "Home, sweet Home."

Tickets good for ten days from Oct. 11.

Information will be given by the Manager at anj' hour, day or night,
"rain or shine."

ELISHA H. RHODES, Excursion Manager.


'J'lif roster of the excursion as made up l^y the manager was
as follows :


.Airs. George T. Baker, - Drownville, R. I.

Mrs. ]SIoses B. Cbace, Provideuce,

Mrs. Benjamiu H. Chilli,

Mrs. William D. Child. ' ''^

Mrs. William J. Cros.slcy, " '^

^Mrs. Elias M. Jenckes,

Mrs. Ethviu R. Jones,

Miss Susie A. Lewis,

Mrs. Alfred O. Makee, ''

;Mrs. George II. Paddock, - '

Miss Loui.se F. Peirce, Auburu,

Mre. Robert Robertson, Central Falls,

:Mrs. T. Muniford Seabury, Newport,

Mrs. John P. Sanborn, - - -

Mi-s. Richmond J. Stone, Howard,

Miss Mabel R. Stone,

:^Irs. D. Coit Taylor, Providence,

;Mrs. Peter Vennerbeck,

Mrs. Josiah T. Warren, Bristol,


Arnold, Edwin W Corporal Providence, R. I.

Bowen, Amos M Fir.st Lieutenant

Cook, Lowell C Corporal South Milford, Mass.

Crossley, William J Sergeant Provideuce, R. I.

Curtis, Joseph B Sergeant

Horton, Daniel II Private Pawtucket, R I.

Johnstone, Robert L Private

Lewis, Charles L. C Private Hope Valley, R. I.

Mukee, Alfred O Private Providence, R. I.

Martin, Owen 2d Private

McDonough, Patrick Private Olneyville, R. I.

Nichols, Charles S Private Hope Valley, R. I.

Parklnirst, All)erl B Private Woonsocket, R. L

Prentiss, Edmund F Caiitain Providence, R. I.

Proctor, Th<>ma.s B Private Davisville, R. I.

Rhodes, Elislni II Colonel Providence, R. I.

RoberLs<jn. Hobert First Lieutenant Central Falls, R I.

I^)gerH, Horatio Col. and Bvt. Brig. Gen. . .Providence R. I.

Stone, Hieinnond J Sergeant Howard, R. I.

Warren, Josiuh T Private Bristol, R. I.




Cargill, Charles Private Providence, R. I.

Child, Benjamin H First Lieutenant

Child, William D First Sergeant

Cullin, Timothy Private

Greene, Stephen M Sergeant

Jerrolman, James T Bugler

LeVis, James Private

Olney, Amos M Quartermaster-Sergeant


Delevan, John Private Brooklyn, N. Y.

Reynolds, Wm. F Private Milf ord, Mass.

Taylor, D. Coit Private Providence, R. I.

Whipple, Albert J Private Woousocket, R. I.

Addeman, Joshua M Captain, 14th R. I. H. A Providence, R. I.

Baker, George T Sergeant, 10th R. I. V Drowuville, R. I.

Chace, Moses B Corporal, 10th R. I. V Providence, R. I.

Chase, Philip S Lieut., Bat. F, R. I. L. A. . . .

Jackson, Richard H. . . Lieut., 9th N. Y. Vols ''

Jeuckes, Elias M Q. M. Sergt. 1st R. I. D. M. .

Markley. John H j 'Sj^'l^-^t iX [ • -Boston. Mass.

Paddock, George H Private, 1st. R. L D. M Providence, R. I.

a T r\ ' \ Com. Sercft., 1st R. L ) .,

Swan, James O ] j^ j^j and 10th R. L V. !" " •

Tanner, James A Sergt., Bat. E, R. I. L. A


Arnold, Charles Providence, R. I.

Briggs, Osmond H.

Fisher, Samuel H.

Johnson, William S. - - - - -

Jones, Edwin R.

Keuyon, William H.

Lowr3% William N. - - - - -
Mathews, Adrian, M. D.,
Mathews, Franklin, M. D.,

Miller, William H. Providence. R.

Morris, Edward D. "

Newell, Oscar A. - - - - Central Falls, R. I.

Pendleton, Benjamin E. Hope Valley, R. I.

Pickering, Augustus - - - East Blackstone, M(iss.

Sanborn, John P. Newport, R I.

Seabury, T. Mumford -

Hope Valley, R. I.
Providence, R. I.

Hope Valley, R. I.
Providence, R. I.

Philadelphia, Pa.


Straight. Charles T. Pawtucket, R. I.

Toye, Robert G. - - - - - Piovideuce, R. I.

Veunerbeck, Peter

Webb, Rev. Samuel H. -

The weather upon the excursion was delightfully warm and
clear, excei)t Thursday afternoon, when it was showery, and
the itinerary was faithfully carried out.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13th, at 10 a. m., the party took the
train for Little Round Top station, where it arrived ten min-
utes later, and a walk of about seven minutes brought it to
the memorial of the 2d R. I. Vols. Amid the rocks and un-
der some tre^s hard by, the following dedicatory services
were held :

Chaplain of the Excursion.

Almighty and Everlasting God, forasmuch as without thee we
are not able to please thee, grant us the aid of thy grace iu the
services in which we are now to be engaged. We acknowledge thee
as the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord
of lords, the Almighty Kuler of nations. We adore and magnify
thy glorious Name for all the great things which thou hast
done for us. We render thee thanks for the goodly heritage
which thou hast preserved to us. We thank thee for the civil
and n'ligi(nis privileges which we enjoy and for all thy goodness
t(j\\iinl us. May we be duly grateful for thy mercies and for the
services of those whose memory we this day recall. Continue to
us, wo beseech tliee, the blessings of peace ; restore them to na-
tions deprived of them, and secure them to all the people of the
earth. As we gather this day upon the field of bygone strife,
nuike us sensil)le of the great work wrought for the preservation
of our country. May we live in holy obedience to thy righteous
laws, and thus be kept fiom the guilt of abusing the manifold
bU'HHings bestowed upon us. Di-fend with thj' fatherly care the
orplians anil widows. Comfort and relieve all those who are in
trouble, borrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. Bless
all ill legislative, judicial and executive authority, that they may
ha\t' jirace, wisdom and underiflnnding so to discharge their duties
MK iiK-st » frectually to promote thy glory, the interests of true


religion and virtue, and the peace, good order and welfare of this
land, no longer rent with internal dissension. Lead us by thy
Holy Spirit ever to put our trust in thee, ever to honor and obey
thee. Imprint upon our hearts a deep and habitual sense of the
great truth, that the only security for the continuance of those
blessings we enjoy consists in our acknowledgment of thy sov-
ereign and gracious Providence, and in holy and humble submis-
sion to the gospel of thy Son Jesus Christ. Restrain, we pray
thee, the enemies of peace and union. Give wisdom and strength
to all in authority over us, that by their counsel, control and ef-
forts, upheld and guided by thypower and blessing, this Republic
may ever be preserved. May truth, duty, union and patriotism
ever triumph. May we keep in mind the example of those who
so nobly defended our beloved land in her hour of peril, and teach
our sons and daughters rightly to esteem the blessings of liberty
and freedom. Be with us in our present duties, direct and govern
our thoughts, words and deeds in accordance with thy will ; and
when the warfare of this present life is ended, may we be num-
bered among those who have their names written in the Lamb's
Book of Life. We ask for these things in the name and through
the merits and intercession of thy Son, our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. Amen.


The Colonel commanding the Second Rhode Island Volunteers
AT Gettysburg.

Comrades of the late Civil War, Ladies and Gentlemen :

We stand on historic ground. Here rebellion culminated.
On this spot the onward march of armed resistance to the
Government was stayed. Thus far could it go and no farther.
From these hills and plains the waves of civil war rolled
backward, and in less than two years disappeared from the
face of this fair land forever. The battlefield stretched before
our eyes is famous for the results achieved upon it. It is
likewise celebrated for its natural beauty ; and some of the
events that transpired here nearly a quarter of a century ago,
for grand scenic and picturesque effects, have rarely been
equalled and never surpassed in the annals of the continent.


The bloody struggle in the Devil's Den, the scaling of Little
Round Top and the desperate contest for its possession, the
terrific boml)ardment of the third of July, the gallant but
fatal charge of Pickett's Division, in which but Pickett him-
self of all his generals, and a single lieut.-colonei of all his
field officers, escaped unscathed from the annihilation of his
command, arc ineffaceably impressed upon the minds of all
beholders, and form one of the most memorable chapters of
our national history. Then, too, the battle fought here was
unique in having been the only one on free soil during the
great conflict between union and secession. All these ele-
ments of interest combine to make this the typical battlefield
of the late war, and Gettysburg has been pictured upon can-
vas and narrated upon paper with a graphic distinctness and
a fullness of detail that has characterized no other scene of
conflict in America. It is apparent, therefore, why this has
been selected as the battlefield of the civil war where all or-
ganizations taking part in the stirring events enacted here
have been invited to erect fitting memorials of their partici-
pation. As the colonel of the Second Rhode Island Volun-
teers at Gettysburg, I have been chosen to take the chief part
in the dedication of its memorial on this historic field, and I
shall strive to make the recital of its services more graphic
by weaving into it my own recollections, which course I trust
will meet with your approval.

After the Chancellorsville campaign, in the spring of 1863,
the Second Rhode Island lay (piietly at Falmouth till June
nth, when it proceeded to the banks of the Rappahannock,
fur it lieiug apparent to Hooker that Lee was making some
kind of a move, General Sedgwick, of the Sixth Corps, had
been ordered to reconnoitre the south l)ank of the river, in the
hoju; (jf devi'loping the enemy's force, and for this jiurpose a
pont(jon bridge had been thrown across at Franklin's crossing
on the 5th. A thousand men of the brigade, including a de-
tail fnjm the Second Rhode Island, were ordered to rei)ort,

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