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Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Second Brigade

Second Division - Third Corps


— Army of the Potomac —

Second Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. Second Brigade Tablet
The diamond symbol of the III Corps is at the top of the Tablet.
Army of the Potomac
Third Corps Second Division
Second Brigade

Col. William R. Brewster
70th. 71sth. 72d. 73d. 74th. 120th New York Infantry

July 2 Arrived about 1 a.m. and bivouacked for the night. Near 1 p.m. formed in rear of First Brigade the 73d being advanced to the crest of the hill in front. The Brigade advanced between 2 and 3 p.m. the 71st and 72d to the left of First Brigade the 70th and 120th in reserve. Later the 73d was sent to the support of First Brigade First Division. Fiercely attacked towards sunset and the forces on the left having fallen back the Brigade retired and after sunset again advanced and captured the colors of the 8th Florida and thirty prisoners and recaptured guns that had been left on the field. Again retired and formed in rear of a Brigade of Second Corps and Bivouacked for the night.

July 3 Moved further to the rear and was supplied with rations and ammunition. About 3 p.m. moved forward to support batteries in front.

Casualties Killed 12 officers 120 men. Wounded 50 officers 523 men. Captured or missing 73 men. Total 778.
Second Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Second Brigade Tablet
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1912 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
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° 48.153′ N, 77° 14.809′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Sickles Avenue and United States Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Sickles Avenue. Located in Excelsior Field, 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. Artillery Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Sickles' Excelsior Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (about 400 feet away); 73rd New York Infantry (about 400 feet away); Clark's Battery (about 500 feet away); 139th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 500 feet away); First Brigade (about 600 feet away); 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Brewster's (Excelsior) Brigade Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Brewster's (Excelsior) Brigade Line
Looking north on Sickles Avenue. Initially the brigade deployed along this line, before moving portions forward to the Emmitsburg Road.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,002 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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