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

First Brigade

Third Division - Sixth Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. First Brigade Tablet
The cross at the top of the tablet is the symbol of the Federal VI Corps.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps Third Division
First Brigade

Brig. Gen. Alexander Shaler
65th. 67th. 122d. New York
23d. 82d. Pennsylvania Infantry

July 2 Arrived about 2 p.m. from Manchester Md and late in the day moved to the northeast slope of Little Round Top and held in reserve bivouacking for the night near the Taneytown Road in rear of Second Brigade.

July 3 Ordered to the left and at 8 a.m. to the right to the support of Second Division Twelfth Corps. Took position in rear of woods on Culp's Hill beyond which action was progressing and was engaged under command of Brig. Gen. J.W. Geary from 9 until 11 a.m. when the original line of Twelfth Corps was regained. At 3 p.m. returned and under a terrific fire of artillery was ordered by Major Gen. G.G. Meade to remain in rear of Third Corps and to report to Major Gen. J. Newton. At 7 p.m. moved half a mile to the right in reserve and remained during the night rejoined the Division the next morning.

Casualties. Killed 1 officer 14 men. Wounded 3 officers 53 men. Captured or missing 3 men. Total 74.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 49.069′ N, 77° 13.182′ 
First Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. First Brigade Tablet
The tablet stands next to the 82nd Pennsylvania right flank marker.
W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Slocum Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located between the lower and upper crest of Culp's Hill 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. 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 67th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 65th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 23d Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 29th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 122nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 137th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 149th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Culp's Hill. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Reports of Brig. Gen. Alexander Shaler. General Shaler actually submitted two reports. One to his division commander in the VI Corps and the other to General Geary in XII Corps. (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brigadier General Alexander Shaler image. Click for full size.
3. Brigadier General Alexander Shaler
Early in the war, Shaler gained a reputation by drilling the 65th New York as Chasseurs. Leading the Brigade at the Second Fredericksburg (Marye's Heights) he earned the Medal of Honor for leading a charge. After the war he was active in the New York City Fire Department, and is credited as founding the National Rifle Association.
(Photo from the National Archives, NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-111-B-6221)
Williams Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. Williams Avenue
Looking down Williams Avenue to the west of the Culp's Hill crest. Shaler's Brigade reinforced the other Federals directly engaged on the hill. For some time the Brigade was held here on the west side of the hill, before advancing around mid morning into the breastworks at the top of the hill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 828 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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