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

5th Corps Headquarters

Major General George Sykes

 
 
5th Corps Headquarters Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. 5th Corps Headquarters Marker
A 4.5-inch Siege Rifle marks the location of Sykes headquarters. The gun bears the symbol of Fifth Corps - a Maltese Cross.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
5th Corps Headquarters
Major General
George Sykes
July 2,3,4, 1863

 
Erected 1913 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 47.835′ N, 77° 14.068′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Sedgwick Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the south part of Cemetery Ridge 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. Fifth Army Corps (a few steps from this marker); 37th Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Co. H. 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); First Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 10th Massachusetts Infantry (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cemetery Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Close Up of Front Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Close Up of Front Plaque
 

2. Reports of Maj. Gen. George Sykes. General Sykes sumarized the fighting of the third day in his official report:
On the 3d, Crawford held his ground in front, sustained by Bartlett's division, of Sedgwick's corps. The troops remained as the day before. Desultory firing from the pickets continued along our front. At 1 p.m. the enemy commenced a furious cannonade from more than one hundred guns, and occasionally a part of it was bestowed on the Fifth and Sixth Corps. It was the prelude to his attack, which soon followed and raged to our right; but, beaten, baffled, and discomfited, he returned to the shelter of the forests west of the Emmitsburg and Gettysburg pike. My artillery on the rocky ridge helped to shatter and disorganize his troops. (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
5th Corps Headquarters Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
3. 5th Corps Headquarters
The Fifth and Sixth Corps headquarters were practically co-located on July 3rd. The cannon indicating the headquarters of Sixth Corps is just north along the road.
Headquarters Marker on Sedgwick Ave. Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2010
4. Headquarters Marker on Sedgwick Ave.
The equestrian statue of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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