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

First Brigade

Second Division - Fifth Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. First Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps Tablet
Note the Maltese Cross of the Fifth Corps at the top of the monument
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps Second Division
First Brigade

Col. Hannibal Day
3d. (6 Cos.) 4th. (4 Cos.) 6th. (5 Cos.)
12th (8 Cos.) 14th. (8 Cos.) U.S. Infantry

July 2 Moved left in front with the Division late in the day from the Baltimore Pike near Rock Creek to Little Round Top and Third Corps line. Halted on north slope of Little Round Top. Third Brigade in advance went to the support of First Division. The Brigade preceded by Second Brigade advanced across Plum Run Valley and on to the hill beyond and formed line in rear of Second Brigade facing the Wheatfield through which First Division Second Corps was advancing perpendicular to the line of the Brigade. Later advanced supporting Second Brigade toward the left when the Union forces on the right and front having been driven back by superior numbers the Brigade retired under a heavy musketry fire on its front and flank to Little Round Top and at night to the woods on the east side.

July 3 Remained in same position.

July 4 Made a reconnoissance to the front supported by Second Brigade First Division Sixth Corps forcing in the Confederate pickets and drawing the fire of Artillery.

Casualties. Killed 1 officer 45 men. Wounded 13 officers 305 men. Captured or missing 18 men. Total 382.
 
Erected
Tablets on the Ayres Avenue Loop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Tablets on the Ayres Avenue Loop
The First Brigade tablet stands next to the Sixth U.S. Infantry Tablet.
1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.693′ N, 77° 14.457′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Ayres Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located on a loop in Ayres Avenue near the Wheatfield and Day'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. Fourth U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Sixth U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Twelfth U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Eleventh U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenth U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Third U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th Pennsylvania Reservers (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wheatfield. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Report of Col. Hannibal Day. Col. Day did not submit a formal report, and a short note was substituted. (Submitted on January 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Advance of the Brigade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Advance of the Brigade
Day's Brigade, advancing behind Burbank's Second, moved from the north slope of Little Round Top, across Plum Run, and up the north end of Houck's Ridge. This view looking from Day's Hill to the east. On the left is Wheatfield Road, passing around the north end of Little Round Top. Day's Regulars advanced toward the camera's position in the afternoon of July 2.
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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