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General David McMurtie Gregg

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2020
1. General David McMurtie Gregg Marker
Inscription.  
Gregg and the 8th Pennsylvania fought in the Peninsula Campaign, where he distinguished himself in the Seven Days Battles, expertly screening retreating Union Infantry. The Battle of Antietam was his next engagement, but cavalry played little role. He received a furlough and married Ellen F. Sheaff on October 6, 1862, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; the couple honeymooned in New York City.

Gregg was promoted to brigadier general just before the Battle of Fredericksburg. At at Antietam, the cavalry was underutilized and held in reserve. He commanded a brigade in the division of Alfred Pleasanton. Gregg was sent to assume command of another cavalry brigade when its commander, George Dashiell Bayard, was killed by an artillery shell that reached behind the infantry lines.

After Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker assumed command of the demoralized Army of the Potomac, he shook up the cavalry organization because the mounted arm had not been used effectively. He removed cavalry units from corps and divisions, and consolidated them as a separate Cavalry Corps, under Maj. Gen. George Stoneman. Gregg assumed command of the 3rd Division
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in February 1863. (Although infantry divisions are typically commanded by major generals, few Union cavalry division leaders rose above brigadier general, and Gregg was no exception.) (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 40° 20.749′ N, 75° 55.784′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on Centre Avenu (Pennsylvania Route 61) just north of North 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 N 4th St, Reading PA 19601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Major General David McMurtie Gregg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thompson's Rifle Battalion: Capt. George Nagel's Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 16 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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Mar. 6, 2021