Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Third Division - Second Corps
— Army of the Potomac —
Second Corps Third Division
Col. George L. Willard
Col. Eliakim Sherrill
Lieut. Col. James M. Bull
39th (4 cos.), 111th, 125th, 126th. New York Infantry
July 2 Took position in the morning along Cemetery Ridge at the right of the Angle. Near sunset went to the left to support Third Corps. Charged Brig. Gen. Barksdale's Brigade in the wooded swale at the head of Plum Run forcing it back and capturing many prisoners. The 39th New York recaptured Battery I 5th U.S. from the 21st Miss. Col. Willard was killed and Brig. Gen. Barksdale mortally wounded. At dark the Brigade returned and was held in reserve.
July 3 Engaged on the skirmish line with much loss. At 3 p.m. after a terrific cannonade of two hours the Brigade was moved up to the line of the Second Brigade and assisted in repulsing Longstreet's assault in which Col. Sherrill was mortally wounded. A large detail from the Brigade under Capt. Armstrong of the 125th New York and the 8th Ohio on the skirmish line
Casualties. Killed 11 officers 126 men. Wounded 26 officers 516 men. Captured or missing 33 men. Total 714.
Erected 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° 48.916′ N, 77° 14.114′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located next to the Brian Farm Buildings on Cemetery Ridge, at 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. Third Division (a few steps from this marker); 111th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); The Brian Farm (a few steps from this marker); 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of Pettigrew's Charge (within shouting distance of this marker); Skirmish Line of 2nd Regiment Delaware Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
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Also see . . . Reports of Lieut. Col. James M. Bull. Lt. Col. Bull, to whom command fell after Col. Sherrill was wounded, wrote the Brigade report. Of the action on July 3, he stated:
About 1 p.m. the enemy opened from his batteries planted on the slope of the hill across the flat mentioned, evidently with the intention of silencing our batteries, and a terrific cannonade ensued, which continued about two hours, during which period the regiments remained in the position before stated. Near the close of this severe artillery duel, the regiments were formed on the hill with other regiments of the division, to repel an infantry attack. The enemy, advancing in four lines across the flat, were subjected to (Submitted on December 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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