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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.  
In the middle of the Gettysburg Campaign, Pleasonton reorganized his corps and Gregg now commanded the 2nd Division. He led it in cavalry engagements at Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. While his fellow, newly promoted division commander Maj. Gen. John Buford was initiating the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, Gregg was still moving north. His division arrived midday on July 2 and took up positions to provide the right flank and rear of the Union Army. On July 3, Stuart started a large raid to flank the Union right and hit their trains and lines of communications, hoping to exploit the infantry assault on the Union center (Pickett's Charge), which had just started. Three miles east of Gettysburg, in what is now called "East Cavalry Field", Stuart's forces collided with Gregg's division and Brig. Gen. George A. Custer's brigade of the 3rd Division. A lengthy mounted battle, including hand-to-hand combat ensued. Both sides claimed victory, but Stuart was blocked from achieving his objectives in the Federal rear.

In October 1863, Lee attempted to flank the Union army near Warrenton, Virginia. Gregg's division delayed Lee
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until the II Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren arrived to block the movement. Gregg caused an incident when, after this engagement, he did not get adequate mention in Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's after action report and defended a court of inquiry to correct the records. (Marker Number 4.)
 
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Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 40° 20.756′ N, 75° 55.785′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of Centre Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 61) and Oley Street, on the right when traveling north on Centre Avenue. 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. A different marker also named 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 (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);
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Major 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 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 23 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Feb. 28, 2021