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First Brigade

First Division - Cavalry Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First Brigade, First Division, Cavalry Corps Tablet image, Click for more information
By Jenny Goellnitz, August 31, 2007
1. First Brigade, First Division, Cavalry Corps Tablet
Note the crossed sabers of the cavalry at the top of the tablet.
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Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps First Division
First Brigade

Col. William Gamble
8th. 12th. Illinois (4 cos.) 3rd. Indiana
(6 cos.) 8th New York Cavalry

June 30 Started early for Gettysburg and encountered two Mississippi regiments and a section of Artillery and after a short skirmish proceeded to Gettysburg when a detachment of Major Gen. Heth's Division about to enter the town withdrew toward Cashtown leaving pickets for and a half miles from Gettysburg.

July 1 Between 8 and 9 a.m. Confederates advanced in force from Cashtown. The Brigade dismounted and with Battery A 2d U.S. held its position for more than two hours against Infantry and Artillery in superior numbers and until Major Gen. J.F. Reynolds arrived with First Division First Corps after which the Brigade was engaged on the left of the Infantry. On retiring to Cemetery Hill the Brigade took position on left of the town with Second Brigade and later in front of Little Round Top.

July 2 Relieved by Third Corps and marched to Taneytown en route to Westminster.

Casualties Killed 1 officer 12 men. Wounded 6 officers 52 men. Captured or missing 28 men. Total 99.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location.
First Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 4, 2009
2. First Brigade Tablet
39° 50.099′ N, 77° 14.999′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Reynolds Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the First Day Battlefield, north 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Division (a few steps from this marker); Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle Opens (within shouting distance of this marker); Monuments and Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); 8th Illinois Cavalry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Gen. John F. Reynolds (about 300 feet away); Third Division (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  McPherson Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
First Brigade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
3. First Brigade Marker
First Brigade Tablet near the Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. First Brigade Tablet near the Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery Monument
First Brigade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. First Brigade Marker
The McPherson Farm Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
6. The McPherson Farm
The ground north of Herbst's (McPherson's) Woods (on the left). The white building to the right is McPherson's Barn. To the right of that runs the Chambersburg Pike. Sections of Calef's Battery A, 2nd U.S. were posted the spot now occupied by the statues of Generals Buford and Reynolds. Gamble's Brigade delayed Archer's Confederate Brigade from the initial contact west of Herr's Ridge until they reached Willoughby Run. Soon after the cavalry troopers had formed another line here on McPherson Ridge, they were relieved by the infantry of the First Corps.
Colonel William Gamble image, Click for more information
7. Colonel William Gamble
William Gamble had already lived an interesting life well before the Civil War. Born in Ireland in 1818, and having served in the Royal Dragoons, his formal training was as an engineer. When he immigrated to the U.S. in 1838, he joined the Army, serving in the U.S. Dragoons. Raising from private to Sergeant Major, he was discharged in 1843. He worked as a civil engineer in the years before the Civil War. On the outbreak of war, he was commissioned Lt. Col. in the 8th Illinois Cavalry. After early war service, he rose to command that regiment.
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