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

8th New York Cavalry

1st Brigade, 1st Division

 

—Cavalry Corps —

 
8th New York Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
1. 8th New York Cavalry Monument
A left profile relief of a mounted cavalryman is the main feature of the monument. However the crossed saber badge of the cavalry is on top (both front and back) of the monument. And the State Seal is on the lower front.
Inscription.
(Front):
8th N.Y. Cavalry
1st Brigade, 1st Division,
Cavalry. Corps.

(Back):
Casualties
3 Killed,
10 Wounded,
21 Missing.
Pickets of this regiment were attacked about 6 a.m., July 1, 1863, by the advance skirmishers of Heth's Confederate Division, the Regiment engaged the enemy west of Seminary Ridge, with the Brigade stubbornly contesting the ground against great odds until, about 10:30 a.m., when it was relieved by the advance regiments of the 1st Corps.
 
Erected 1889 by State of New York.
 
Location. 39° 50.012′ N, 77° 15.034′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Reynolds Avenue and Meredith Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Reynolds Avenue. Click for map. Located on the First Day Battlefield, opposite of McPherson Woods, in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 151st Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Abner Doubleday
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Back of Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); 142d Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Gen. John F. Reynolds (about 300 feet away); Monuments and Markers (about 400 feet away); The Battle Opens (about 400 feet away); Battery B, First Pennsylvania Artilery (about 500 feet away); Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery (about 500 feet away); First Brigade (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  8th New York Cavalry. Service record of the "Rochester Regiment." (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
8th New York Cavalry Monument on Reynolds Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. 8th New York Cavalry Monument on Reynolds Avenue
The monument did stand about 1000 feet north when originally dedicated. When the 8th Illinois Cavalry asked to post their monument, the Battlefield Board determined the New York monument location should be adjusted. The flank markers for the 8th New York still stand near the intersection of Reynolds Avenue and Chambersburg Pike.
8th New York Cavalry Monument (Looking South) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
4. 8th New York Cavalry Monument (Looking South)
8th New York Cavalry Monument (Looking North) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. 8th New York Cavalry Monument (Looking North)
Mid-Day Skirmish Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
6. Mid-Day Skirmish Line
The 8th New York was detailed to provide a skirmish line on the south end of McPherson Ridge shortly after being relieved on the main line by I Corps infantry. This view looks to the southwest of the I Corps line on Reyonlds Avenue. The red barn is the the location of John Herbst's (who owned the wood lot commonly called McPherson's or Reynolds' Woods) farm. The 8th New York's skirmish line extended across the open fields around that farm. Later a couple of companies were posted around Meals Orchard, near the modern brick buildings in the distant center.
8th New York Cavalry Marker Relief Art Close-Up image. Click for full size.
By Eric Milask, September 10, 2010
7. 8th New York Cavalry Marker Relief Art Close-Up
The Smithsonian inventory page for this monument describes it as a bas-relief of a mounted cavalryman is set into a recessed surface of a square monument with an apexed cap. The figure is seen in proper left profile.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,149 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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