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

Third Division

Fifth Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
Third Division, Fifth Corps Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. Third Division, Fifth Corps Tablet
The Maltese Cross of Fifth Corps is above the tablet.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps
Third Division

Brig. General Samuel W. Crawford
First Brigade Col. William McCandless
Third Brigade Col. Joseph W. Fisher

July 2. Moved to Little Round Top late in the day and went into position on the right of the Wheatfield Road. On the retreat of the troops from the Wheatfield in front after sunset the First Brigade was advanced against the pursuing forces and drove them across the Plum Run marsh and beyond the stone wall and into the Wheatfield. The Third Brigade was sent to the left to take possession of Round Top.

July 3. The first Brigade remained in position until about 5 p.m. and then advanced across the Wheatfield and through the woods beyond and on the left capturing many prisoners. The Confederates retired to the crest of the ridge they originally formed on. These positions were held until the close of the battle.

Casualties. Killed 3 officers 23 men. Wounded 17 officers 164 men. Captured or missing 3 men. Total 210
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.743′ N, 77° 14.329′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Crawford Avenue, on the
Crawford's Division Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Crawford's Division Tablet
Behind the tablet flows Plum Run, and in the background is Little Round Top.
right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Plum Run Valley (the Valley of Death) 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. Brigadier General Samuel Wiley Crawford (within shouting distance of this marker); 96th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd Massachusetts Battery (about 400 feet away); 139th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 400 feet away); Third Brigade (about 500 feet away); Fourth New York Independent Battery (about 600 feet away); Third U.S. Infantry (about 600 feet away); 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wheatfield. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Reports of Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford. Concerning the actions on July 3, Crawford wrote that upon entering the Wheatfield, scene of a bloody struggle the previous day, ...The dead of both sides lay in lines in every direction, and the large number of our own men showed how fierce had been the struggle and how faithfully and how persistently they had contested for the field
Advance of McCandless' Brigade Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Advance of McCandless' Brigade
Looking east toward the north side of Little Round top. Wheatfield road passes up the slope in the center to intersect with Sykes Avenue. Crawford's Division was arrived on the high ground overlooking the valley as the later stages of the Wheatfield Contest played out. As the US Regulars were pushed from the field in the early evening, pursuing Confederates threatened to take Little Round Top from the north side. McCandless' Brigade charged to check the Confederates, advancing down the slopes here, across Plum Run, and up the ridge behind the camera.
against the superior masses of the enemy.
(Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg. Article detailing the actions of the Third Division at Gettysburg. (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 68 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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