Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry
2d Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps.
— Army of the Potomac —
2nd Brigade. 1st Division. Cavalry Corps. Army of the Potomac.
The Regiment held this position on the morning of July 1st 1863 from 5 o'clock until the arrival of First Corps troops. The brigade then moved to the right covering the roads to Carlisle and Harrisburg and holding the enemy in check until relieved by troops of the Eleventh Corps. It then took position on the right flank of the infantry and later aided in covering the retreat of the 11th Corps to Cemetery Hill where it went into position with the Division on the left of the army.
Recruited in Beaver, Susquehanna, Lancaster, Bradford, Lebanon, Cumberland, Franklin, Schuylkill, Perry, Luzerne, Montgomery, Chester, and Wayne Counties.
Mustered in September 1st 1862. Mustered out June 16th 1865.
The Regiment in whole or part participated in 55 engagements among which were the following
Mine Run. Newtown.
Todd's Tavern. Gordonsville.
Sheridan's First Expedition. Coochland C.H.
Cold Harbor. Five Forks.
Deep Bottom. Appomattox.
Erected 1889 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1928.
Location. 39° 50.837′ N, 77° 14.728′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Buford Avenue and Mummasburg Road, on the right when traveling north on Buford Avenue. Located on the West Cavalry Battlefield section 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. Second Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramseur's Brigade (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9th New York Cavalry (about 500 feet away); A Useless Slaughter (about 700 feet away); The Orange Artillery (about 700 feet away); Eternal Light Peace Memorial (about 700 feet away); General Rodes Attacks (about 700 feet away); Iverson's Brigade (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . .
1. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. History of the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Article by Civil War author/historian (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,610 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 21, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 8. submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 9. submitted on July 21, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 10. submitted on January 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 11. submitted on July 8, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.