Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sixth U.S. Infantry
First Brigade - Second Division
— Fifth Corps —
Second Division First Brigade
Sixth U.S. Infantry
Captain Levi G. Bootes commanding
July 2 Arrived in the morning and took position near the line of the Twelfth Corps. The Regiment with the Brigade moved from the right to the left of the line and at 5 p.m. advanced across Plum Run near Little Round Top and supported the Second Brigade in its advance to the crest of the rocky wooded hill beyond and facing to the left engaged the Confederates but retired under a deadly fire on both flanks and from the rear after the Confederates got possession of the Wheatfield in the rear of the Brigade and took position on Little Round Top.
July 3 Remained in same position.
July 4 The Regiment with the Brigade made a reconnoissance and developed a force of the Confederate Infantry and Artillery in front.
Casualties killed 4 men wounded 1 officer and 38 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 date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
Location. 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. First Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Twelfth U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Fourth U.S. Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Eleventh U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenth U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Third U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th Pennsylvania Reservers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
1. Report of Captain Levi C. Bootes
From the Official Records, Series I, Volume XXVII/1 (S#43), Report number 207, p. 640.
SIR: I have the honor to report for the information of the colonel commanding the First Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Army Corps, the part taken by the Sixth U.S. Infantry in the operations around Gettysburg, Pa.
The regiment left its bivouac about 4.30 o'clock on the morning of the 2d, and marched to a wood in front of the enemy, where lay in line of battle for a considerable time.
About 4.30 o'clock I received an order to march the regiment by the left flank to the front and near the pickets of the enemy, where a line of battle by the whole brigade was formed preparatory to advancing on the enemy. The position occupied by the regiment was the extreme left of the line of battle.
The order being soon thereafter given to march, we advanced in line through a small valley to the high ground a short distance in front, under a severe fire from the enemy's pickets and sharpshooters, posted on the hills above us, and protected by trees and rocky cliffs.
The casualties in the regiment were as follows: 4 killed; 1 commissioned officer (Second Lieut. T. Britton) and 39 enlisted men wounded.
The following officers were present, and behaved very well: Capt. J. McCleary, acting field officer; Capt. J. J. Upham, First Lieuts. D. D. Lynn and A. H. Freeman, and Second Lieuts. J. P. Schindel, G. Anderson, regimental adjutant, J, McKim, T. Britton, and J. W. Clous.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
LEVI C. BOOTES,
Captain Sixth U.S. Infantry, Comdg. Regiment.
— Submitted January 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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