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

17th Pennsylvania Cavalry

2d Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps.

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
1. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument
Inscription. (Front):
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry
2nd Brigade. 1st Division. Cavalry Corps. Army of the Potomac.

(Back):
The Regiment held this position on the morning of July 1st 1863 from 5 o'clock until the arrival of First Corps troops. The brigade then moved to the right covering the roads to Carlisle and Harrisburg and holding the enemy in check until relieved by troops of the Eleventh Corps. It then took position on the right flank of the infantry and later aided in covering the retreat of the 11th Corps to Cemetery Hill where it went into position with the Division on the left of the army.

Recruited in Beaver, Susquehanna, Lancaster, Bradford, Lebanon, Cumberland, Franklin, Schuylkill, Perry, Luzerne, Montgomery, Chester, and Wayne Counties.

Mustered in September 1st 1862. Mustered out June 16th 1865.

The Regiment in whole or part participated in 55 engagements among which were the following
Gettysburg. Chancellorsville. Fisher's Hill.
Mine Run. Newtown.
Wilderness. Winchester.
Todd's Tavern. Gordonsville.
Sheridan's First Expedition. Coochland C.H.
Cold Harbor. Five Forks.
Trevilian Raid. Sailors Creek.
Deep Bottom. Appomattox.

 
Erected 1889 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location.
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
2. Back of Monument
39° 50.837′ N, 77° 14.728′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Buford Avenue and Mummasburg Road, on the right when traveling north on Buford Avenue. Click for map. Located on the West Cavalry Battlefield section 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. Second Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramseur's Brigade (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9th New York Cavalry (about 500 feet away); The Cavalry Buys Time (about 700 feet away); The Orange Artillery (about 700 feet away); Eternal Peace Light Memorial (about 700 feet away); General Rodes Attacks (about 700 feet away); Iverson's Brigade (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gettysburg Day One. National Park Service article about the opening phases of the battle. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Brief History of the Regiment. With particular interest in Company E. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
State Seal at Base of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
3. State Seal at Base of Monument
 

4. History of the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Article by Civil War author/historian J.D. Petruzzi. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Close Up of the Trooper Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
4. Close Up of the Trooper
The figure was modeled after Sergeant George W. Ferree. He was considered representative of the average soldier of the regiment.
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker - Main Text Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
5. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker - Main Text
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument (Front) Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
6. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument (Front)
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument (Reverse) Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
7. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument (Reverse)
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument and Site of Forney House Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
8. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument and Site of Forney House
When dedicated, the monument stood in front of the John S. Forney house. The house suffered much damage from the battle, and Forney described the house and barn "riddled by shot and shell." Although the house was repaired afterward, the structure was demolished in 1938 prior to the dedication of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
9. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument
Left Flank of the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 1, 2008
10. Left Flank of the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry
The left flank marker (foreground, with the right flank marker of the 9th New York Cavalry), is south of the monument along Buford Avenue. The right flank marker is north of the intersection of Buford Avenue and Mummasburg Road just beyond the monument. The line represents the "base" from which the 17th's skirmishers were deployed forward in the early morning of July 1. Later in the morning phases the troopers fought a delaying action against the advancing Confederate infantry. The Regimental headquarters was at the Forney House, which stood behind the monument.
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, July 12, 2003
11. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,358 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   10. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   11. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on July 22, 2016.
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