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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Eleventh Corps

Army of the Potomac

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By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Eleventh Corps Tablet
The Corps symbol, the crescent moon, is at the top of the tablet.
Army of the Potomac
Eleventh Corps

Major General Oliver O. Howard

First Division Brigadier General Francis C. Barlow
Brigadier General Adelbert Ames

Second Division Brigadier General Adolph Von Steinwehr

Third Division Major General Carl Schurz

Artillery Brigade Major Thomas W. Osborn

July 1 Schurz's Division in advance arrived at 10.30 a.m. was formed in line northwest of the town. Barlow's Division formed on Schurz's right. Steinwehr's Division was placed on Cemetery Hill. The line in front was attacked by Brigades of Rodes's and Early's Divisions. About 4 p.m. the Corps was forced back and retired through the town to Cemetery Hill and formed on each side of the Baltimore Pike.

July 2 The Corps remained in the same position until about 4 p.m. when the Confederate artillery opened fire from Benner's Hill and Cemetery Ridge but was silenced by the Artillery under Colonel Wainwright and Major Osborn. At 8 p.m. Hays's Louisiana and Hoke's North Carolina Brigades attacked the positions on East Cemetery Hill but were repulsed.

July 3 At 1 p.m. all the Confederate Artillery within direct range opened fire on this position which was followed by an unsuccessful charge on the 2nd Corps position.

Casualties: killed 33 officers, 336 men, wounded 120 officers, 1802
Eleventh Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Eleventh Corps Tablet
men, captured or missing 62 officers, 1448 men; total 3801
Erected 1908 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Location. 39° 50.575′ N, 77° 13.91′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Howard Avenue 0.1 miles west of Carlisle Road (Pennsylvania Highway 34), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Doles's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 82nd Illinois Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 157th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 119th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 13th New York Independent Light Battery (about 300 feet away); 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment (about 500 feet away); Artillery Brigade (about 500 feet away); 75th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .  Major General O.O. Howard's Report. Due to the death of General Reynolds in the morning phases of the battle, General Howard had command of the field for
General Oliver Otis Howard image. Click for full size.
3. General Oliver Otis Howard
General Howard was an alumni of Bowdoin College, Maine and a 1854 graduate of West Point. He lost his right arm at the battle of Fair Oaks, June 1, 1862. After recovery, he served at the battle of Antietam, commanding a brigade. Promoted to Corps command over the winter, Howard lead the XI Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. After transfer to the Western theater, he and his corps participated in the battle of Chattanooga and the Atlanta Campaign. During the March to the Sea and Carolinas Campaign, Howard commanded the Army of the Tennessee. Post-war, Howard served in the west, in particular dealing with the Nes Perce tribe. After retirement, Howard was the central figure in the founding of Howard University, Washington, D.C.

[Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Brady-Handy Collection, reproduction number LC-DIG-cwpbh
a period of time pending General Hancock's arrival. Howard would later make the claim he was the first to identify Cemetery Hill as the dominant terrain, and order it occupied in force. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
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