Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Volunteer Brigade
Army of the Potomac
First Volunteer Brigade
Lieut. Col. Freeman McGilvery
5th Mass. Battery E
(10th New York Battery Attached)
Capt. Charles A. Phillips
9th Mass. Battery
Capt. John Bigelow, Lieut. Richard S. Milton
15th New York Battery
Capt. Patrick Hart
Batteries C and F Penna.
Capt. James Thompson
July 2 Went into action at 3.30 p.m. on this road. Batteries C and F Penna. on the right in the Peach Orchard line facing west. About 5 p.m. opened and repulsed a heavy column of Infantry charging the Brigade. About 6 p.m. the Confederates gained position on the left and the Infantry fell back leaving the Artillery without support. Four Batteries fell back 250 yards and renewed their fire. Battery B 1st New Jersey and 15th New York Battery retired from the field. The advanced line of the 3rd Corps having been abandoned the Artillery Brigade took up a new position 400 yards in the rear and opened on the enemy with canister and at 8 p.m. retired to the battle line of the army.
Erected 1913 by Gettysburg National
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
Location. 39° 48.047′ N, 77° 14.854′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Wheatfield Road and Sickles Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Wheatfield Road. Located near stop 10, the Peach Orchard, on the driving tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 10th Independent Battery New York Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th New York Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Massachusetts Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Clark's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 141st Pennsylvania Infantry (about 400 feet away); Sickles' Excelsior Brigade (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.