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

Sixth U.S. Cavalry

Reserve Brigade - First Division - Cavalry Corps


— Army of the Potomac —

Sixth U.S. Cavalry Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Sixth U.S. Cavalry Tablet
Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps
Reserve Brigade First Division
Sixth U.S. Cavalry

Major Samuel H. Starr Commanding
Detachment at Headquarters Army of the Potomac

July 3 Moved at 12 m. with the Brigade from Emmitsburg to attack the Confederate right and rear but was detached from the Brigade to intercept the Confederate wagon train supposed to be near Fairfield or Millerstown. Engaged a superior force of the Confederate Cavalry near Millerstown and withdrew after heavy loss.

Casualties killed 6 men, wounded 5 officers and 23 men.
Missing 6 officers and 203 men.
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1826.
Location. 39° 46.522′ N, 77° 15.852′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Located on the South Cavalry Battlefield section of Gettysburg National Military
South Cavalry Field image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. South Cavalry Field
This often overlooked section of the Gettysburg battlefield includes several Tablets detailing the activities of the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, securing the left flank on Emmitsburg Road. Next to the 6th Cavalry tablet is a position marker for the Reserve Brigade.
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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. Reserve Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Battery K, First U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First U.S. Cavalry (about 300 feet away); Second U.S. Cavalry (about 400 feet away); 1st & 2d Regiments United States Cavalry (about 800 feet away); 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chaplain Samuel Henry Stein (approx. half a mile away); Fifth U.S. Cavalry (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . .  Samuel Star. Major Starr had a reputation as a strict disciplinarian, as discussed in this biographical sketch from author J.D. Petruzzi. (Submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 898 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Aug. 19, 2022