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

Eighth U.S. Infantry

Headquarters - Provost Guard

 

— Army of the Potomac —

 
Eighth U.S. Infantry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Eighth U.S. Infantry Tablet
Inscription.  
Army of the Potomac
Headquarters
Provost Guard
Eighth U.S. Infantry

Eight Companies
Captain Edwin W. H. Read commanding

July 1 Arrived in the morning and engaged in provost duty until the close of the battle.
 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 48.874′ N, 77° 13.955′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Taneytown Road (State Highway 134), on the right when traveling south. Located on a walking trail extending between Cemetery Ridge and Meade's Headquarters, near the Leister House, in 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. Headquarters of Major General George G. Meade (a few steps from this marker); Oneida New York Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Companies E and I (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd New York Infantry
Eighth U.S. Infantry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
2. Eighth U.S. Infantry Tablet
(within shouting distance of this marker); Lydia Leister Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); 2d Pennsylvania Cavalry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 6th Independent Battery, New York Artillery (about 400 feet away); Headquarters of Brigadier General Henry Hunt (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Federal Rear Area - Cemetery Ridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
3. Federal Rear Area - Cemetery Ridge
The Provost Guard of the Army of the Potomac ordered to control stragglers leaving the battle area. Working under Brig. Gen. Marsena Patrick, the Army's Provost Marshall, the Provost Guard would attempt to return these stragglers to their units. Another duty of the provost was securing and escorting prisoners.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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