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

First Brigade

First Divivision, Third Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First Brigade, First Division, Third Corps Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
1. First Brigade, First Division, Third Corps Tablet
At the top of the tablet is the diamond symbol of Third Corps.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Third Corps First Division
First Brigade

Brig. Gen. Charles K. Graham
Col. Andrew H. Tippin
57th. (8 Cos.) 63rd. 68th. 105th. 114th. 141st.
Pennsylvania Infantry

July 1 Arrived between 5 and 6 p.m.

July 2 The Corps having relieved Second Division Twelfth Corps in the morning the Brigade took position on the right of the Division connecting with Second Division on the right. Between 2 and 3 p.m. advanced to the Emmitsburg Road and took position at the Peach Orchard supported by 3d Maine 3d Michigan 2d New Hampshire and 7th New Jersey. About 3 p.m. Artillery opened on the Confederate columns moving to the left and soon thereafter the Confederate Artillery replied and later the Brigade was attacked by Major Gen. McLaws's Division and forced back by superior numbers in front and on the flanks and at sunset it fell back with the Division. Brig. Gen. Graham was wounded and captured at the Peach Orchard.

July 3 The Brigade was in reserve during the day.

Casualties. Killed 6 officers and 61 men. Wounded 45 officers 463 men. Captured or missing 6 officers 159 men. Total 740.
 
Erected 1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 48.233′ 
Graham's Brigade Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
2. Graham's Brigade Tablet
The tablet stands next to Emmitsburg Road, across from the Sherfy House. Along the road, the 105th, 57th and 114th Pennsylvania Regiments of the Brigade defended, facing west. The 141st and 68th Pennsylvania deployed along the Wheatfield Road, facing south.
N, 77° 14.891′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located between the Klingle and Sherfey Houses 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. 57th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 105th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Brigade (about 600 feet away); 73rd New York Infantry (about 600 feet away); 120th New York Infantry (about 600 feet away); Battery E, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Peach Orchard. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Report of Col. Andrew H. Tippin. Col. Tippin assumed command after General Graham was wounded. Tippin discussed the closing stages of the Peach Orchard fighting in his report:
We held the position as long as it was possible to hold it. The artillery
Brigade Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 8, 2008
3. Brigade Line
Looking from the South Seminary Ridge observation tower toward the east. In the distant center is the Pennsylvania Memorial on Cemetery Ridge. In the left center is the red barn of the Sherfy farm. Just right of center is the intersection of Emmitsburg Road and Wheatfield Road. The Wentz House stood in the northeast corner of the intersection. And the famous Peach Orchard stood to the southeast corner, on the right of this photo. Graham's Brigade held a position forming almost a right angle centered on the Wentz House. The 105th, 57th, and 114th Pennsylvania stood next to the Emmitsburg Road in front of the Sherfy House. The attached 2nd New Hampshire manned the angle at the corner of the two roads. The 141st and 68th Pennsylvania fronted the Wheatfield Road facing south, with the 7th New Jersey on their left. The 63rd Pennsylvania manned a skirmish line in front of the line, this side of the Sherfy barn. The 3rd Maine and 3rd Michigan, also mentioned on the tablet, deployed on skirmish lines south of the Peach Orchard.
having retired, and the ranks very much decimated by the fire of the enemy, who was pushing forward in heavy masses, I ordered the command to retire in order, which was done.
(Submitted on March 28, 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 654 times since then and 59 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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