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

First Division

Sixth Corps

— Army of the Potomac —

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

Brig. General Horatio G. Wright
First Brigade Brig. Gen. Alfred T.A. Torbert
Second Brigade Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett
Third Brigade Brig. Gen. David A. Russell

July 2. Arrived about 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Second Brigade with the Third Division moved into position. First and Third Brigades were massed and held in reserve.

July 3. The First Brigade placed in line on left centre subject to the orders of Gen. Newton commanding First Corps on the right. Third Brigade was sent to the extreme left to Gen. Wright in command there. At 5 p.m. Gen. Wright with his troops moved to the support of Fifth Corps then threatened. The Brigades of the Division then remained in same position during the day and succeeding night.

July 4. The Third Brigade moved to the left of Fifth Corps and occupied the slope of Round Top.

Casualties. Killed 1 man. Wounded 17 men. Total 18.
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
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39° 47.851′ N, 77° 14.082′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Memorial 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. Co. H. 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); 6th Corps Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); First Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Fifth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); 37th Massachusetts Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 10th Massachusetts Infantry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .  Reports of Brig. Gen. Horatio G. Wright. General Wright described the march of his division to the battle:
Just before dark on the evening of July 1, the corps being in camp near Manchester, orders were received to move to Taneytown, and the troops were immediately put in motion. During the night, and some time after crossing the Baltimore and Gettysburg pike, other orders were received,
Wright's Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, December 27, 2008
2. Wright's Division Tablet
In the background is a monument for First Brigade, Second Division, Twelfth Corps, indicating this position was held by that unit late on July 1.
changing the destination of the corps, and directing it to proceed by rapid marches to Gettysburg. The column, after some delay, was extricated from the narrow road on which it was then moving, and formed on the broad and excellent pike leading direct to Gettysburg. Without halting, except for a few moments each hour to breathe the men, and one halt of about half an hour to enable the men to make coffee, the corps was pushed on to Gettysburg, where it arrived about 4 p.m. after a march variously estimated at from 32 to 35 miles.
(Submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
General Horatio Wright image. Click for more information.
3. General Horatio Wright
General Wright spent the decades before the war as an Engineer in the Army. His early war assignments were mostly engineering. But in the summer of 1862, he took command of forces operating in Ohio, later the Army of the Ohio. Although successful, he was soon shuffled about, and eventually posted to command First Division, Sixth Corps in May 1863. Gettysburg was his first major battle as division commander. When General Sedgwick was killed at Spotsylvania, Wright assumed command of the Corps, a position he held until the end of the war.

(Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 1007, Call Number: LC-B813- 1781 A[P&P])
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 759 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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