Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Third Division - Second Corps
— Army of the Potomac —
Second Corps Third Division
Col. Thomas A. Smyth
Lieut. Col. Francis E. Pierce
14th. Connecticut, 1st. Delaware
12th. New Jersey, 10th. 108th. New York Infantry
July 2 Took position early in the morning along a stone fence on Cemetery Ridge at the left of Ziegler's Grove supporting Battery I 1st U.S. on the right. Sharp skirmishing during the day and Artillery firing at intervals in the afternoon. At night the line of the Brigade was extended to the Angle to cover the portion previously occupied by the Third Brigade.
July 3 In the afternoon the Bliss Barn having been occupied by the Confederate sharpshooters the 14th Conn. by order of Brig. Gen. A. Hays recaptured and burned the barn. At 1 p.m. a terrific cannonade was opened by the Confederates in front which continued for two hours followed by a charge of the Divisions of Major Gen. Pickett, Brig. Gen. Pettigrew and Major Gen. Pender which was repulsed by the Brigade reinforced by the Third Brigade. More than 1,200 prisoners and 9 stand of colors were captured by the Brigade.
July 4 The Brigade remained
Casualties Killed 6 Officers 55 Men. Wounded 34 Officers 245 Men. Captured or missing 1 officer 25 men. Total 366.
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° 48.844′ 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 near 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. 39th New York Infantry (Garibaldi Guards) (a few steps from this marker); Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade (a few steps from this marker); 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Independent (Havelock) Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General George Gordon Meade (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters (within shouting Battery K, 1st N.Y. Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . Report of Col. Thomas A. Smyth. Smyth summarizes the repulse of the Confederate assault on July 3d:
My men were directed to reserve their fire until the foe was within 50 yards, when so effective and incessant was the fire from my line that the advancing enemy was staggered, thrown into confusion, and finally fled from the field, throwing away their arms in their flight. Many threw themselves on the ground to escape our destructive fire, and raised their hands in token of surrender. (Submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 899 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on December 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.