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

Engineer Brigade

Army of the Potomac

 
 
Engineer Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Engineer Brigade Tablet
At the top of the tablet is a castle, the symbol of the engineers.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Engineer Brigade

Brig. Gen. Henry W. Benham

15th New York (3 Companies)
Major Walter L. Cassin

50th New York
Col. William H. Pettes

United States Battalion
Capt. George H. Mendell

Engaged in arduous duties from June 13 to July 18 1863 bridging rivers and transporting pontoons to enable the Army to cross the Potomac River and its tributaries into Pennsylvania and to recross into Virginia.
 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48.482′ N, 77° 13.978′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Pleasonton Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located east of the Pennsylvania Memorial 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. United States Battalion of Engineers (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th and 50th New York Engineers (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Corps Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Brigade
Engineer Tablets image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Engineer Tablets
The Engineer Brigade tablet stands near the U.S. Engineer Battalion tablet.
(about 500 feet away); 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry (about 500 feet away); 4th New York Cavalry (about 500 feet away); 2nd New York Cavalry (about 500 feet away); First Brigade (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  Cemetery Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on February 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Edward's Ferry Boat Ramp From the Virginia Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Edward's Ferry Boat Ramp From the Virginia Side
In this view, from the mouth of Goose Creek, the Edwards Ferry boat ramp is clearly seen on the Maryland shore. The two pontoon bridges spanned the river here in June 1863. The Federal engineers, in addition to the two main spans, built additional bridges over Goose Creek and the canal on the Maryland side. The Army of the Potomac numbered over 90,000 at this time, with the majority crossing at this point. In addition were the supply trains and additional support elements that followed in the army's wake. Thus Edward's Ferry has been called the greatest river crossing operation on the North American continent.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 681 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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