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Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Sixth Corps

Army of the Potomac

Sixth Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
1. Sixth Corps Tablet
The Greek Cross of the Sixth Corps appears at the top the tablet.
Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps

Major General John Sedgwick

First Division Brigadier General Horatio G. Wright
Second Division Brigadier General Albion P. Howe
Third Division Major General John Newton, Brigadier General Frank Wheaton
Artillery Brigade Colonel Charles H. Tompkins
The Corps being in reserve its operations were mostly by Brigades independent of each other and on different portions of the field.

July 2. Arrived in the afternoon after a march of over 30 miles. Nevin's Brigade Wheaton's Division and Bartlett's brigade Wright's Division went into action about sunset on the left centre between the Divisions of 5th. Corps and assisted in repulsing the Confederate assault. Russell's and Torbert's Brigades Wright's Division were held in reserve. Neill's Brigade Howe's Division was sent to the right of the line. Grant's Brigade was sent to the extreme left of the line east of Round Top. Shaler's Brigade Wheaton's Division was held in reserve near the left centre.

July 3. The Brigades of the Corps were put into position where needed at different points on the line from right to left
Sedgwick's Corps Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Sedgwick's Corps Tablet
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until the close of the battle.

Casualties: Killed 2 officers, 25 men; Wounded 14 officers, 171 men; Captured or missing 30 men; Total 242.
Erected 1906 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° 47.994′ N, 77° 14.062′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Sedgwick Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located on the south part of Cemetery Ridge 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. First Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1st New Jersey Brigade (about 400 feet away); Third Division (about 400 feet away); Artillery Brigade (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named First Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 6th Corps Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Co. H. 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . .  Report of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. The highlight of Sixth Corps participation in the campaign was the thirty mile march to arrive at the battle on
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3. General John Sedgwick
Sedgwick was a regular army officer with over twenty years experience when the war broke out. Progressively advanced from brigade to division, and finally corps command, Sedgwick was among the most capable commanders in the Army of the Potomac. He was affectionately called "Uncle John" by his men. Meade intended for his corps play a key role on the Pike Creek line. But with the battle starting miles to the north at Gettysburg, he force marched his Corps some thirty miles to the battle. Sedgwick would continue to command the corps until his death at Spotsylvania the following year.

(Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0979, Call Number: LC-B813- 2177 A[P&P])
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July 2. But the command was heavily involved with the pursuit from Gettysburg, as annotated in the General's official report. (Submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Jun. 29, 2022