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Second Brigade

Third Division - Second Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
Second Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Second Brigade Tablet
Note the trefoil of the II Corps at the top of the tablet.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Second Corps Third Division
Second Brigade

Col. Thomas A. Smyth
Lieut. Col. Francis E. Pierce
14th. Connecticut, 1st. Delaware
12th. New Jersey, 10th. 108th. New York Infantry

July 2 Took position early in the morning along a stone fence on Cemetery Ridge at the left of Ziegler's Grove supporting Battery I 1st U.S. on the right. Sharp skirmishing during the day and Artillery firing at intervals in the afternoon. At night the line of the Brigade was extended to the Angle to cover the portion previously occupied by the Third Brigade.

July 3 In the afternoon the Bliss Barn having been occupied by the Confederate sharpshooters the 14th Conn. by order of Brig. Gen. A. Hays recaptured and burned the barn. At 1 p.m. a terrific cannonade was opened by the Confederates in front which continued for two hours followed by a charge of the Divisions of Major Gen. Pickett, Brig. Gen. Pettigrew and Major Gen. Pender which was repulsed by the Brigade reinforced by the Third Brigade. More than 1,200 prisoners and 9 stand of colors were captured by the Brigade.

July 4 The Brigade remained in position until the close of the battle with sharp skirmishing during the day.

Casualties Killed 6 Officers 55 Men. Wounded 34 Officers 245 Men. Captured or missing 1 officer 25 men.
39th New York Monument and Second Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. 39th New York Monument and Second Brigade Tablet
Total 366.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48.844′ N, 77° 14.114′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located near the Brian Farm Buildings on Cemetery Ridge, at 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. 39th New York Infantry (Garibaldi Guards) (a few steps from this marker); Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade (a few steps from this marker); 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Independent (Havelock) Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General George Gordon Meade (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery K, 1st N.Y. Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ziegler's Grove. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Second Brigade Tablet and 39th New York Infantry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
3. Second Brigade Tablet and 39th New York Infantry Monument
 

2. Report of Col. Thomas A. Smyth. Smyth summarizes the repulse of the Confederate assault on July 3d:
My men were directed to reserve their fire until the foe was within 50 yards, when so effective and incessant was the fire from my line that the advancing enemy was staggered, thrown into confusion, and finally fled from the field, throwing away their arms in their flight. Many threw themselves on the ground to escape our destructive fire, and raised their hands in token of surrender. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Second Brigade at the Stone Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. Second Brigade at the Stone Wall
Looking from the 14th Connecticut's monument to the north along Hancock Avenue. The stone wall which featured so prominently in Second Brigade's defense is on the left side of the road. The Brigade's front included the 14th Connecticut (here), with the 1st Delaware in the center, then the 12th New Jersey. On the right of the 12th NJ stood the 111th New York of Third Brigade. Beyond the Brian Farm (white buildings in the background) was the 108th New York.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 792 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   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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