Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
71st Pennsylvania Volunteers
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division
— 2nd Corps —
71 Pennsylvania Vols.
Col. R. Penn Smith
carried into action
24 officers 307 enlisted men
Killed 2 officers 19 enlisted men
Wounded 3 officers 55 enlisted men
Missing 3 officers 16 enlisted men
2. Brig. 2. Div. 2. Corps.
To the left of this point on July 2 the 71. Penna. assisted in repulsing the furious attack of Wright's Ga. Brig. During the terrific cannonading of July 3, the Regiment occupied a position 60 yards in the rear of this spot. A number of the men voluntarily helping to work Cushing's disabled battery. As the enemy emerged from Seminary Ridge the Regiment was ordered forward. The left wing to this point, the right to the walls in the rear. When Pickett's Division pushed upon the left wing in overwhelming numbers, it fell back into line with the right, thus bringing the whole regiment into action. With the additional use of a large number of loaded muskets gathered from the battle-field of the previous day. The Regiment captured a number of prisoners
This Regiment was organized April 29, 1861. Being the first 3 year regiment to complete its organization, it was enlisted in Philadelphia by Senator E.D. Baker and Isaac J. Wistar by special authority from the War Department to be credited to the State of California and was known as the "California Regiment." After the death of Colonel E.D. Baker at Ball's Bluff, Oct. 21, 1861, it was claimed by its native state and became the 71. Pennsylvania.
The 71. Pennsylvania participated in all the principal battles of the Army of the Potomac and most of the minor ones until mustered out at the expiration of its term of service July 2, 1864. It numbered during its service nearly 2300 men. The total loss during that period being about 1800.
Erected 1887 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1863.
Location. 39° 48.802′ N, 77° 14.179′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Memorial is on Hancock Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located at the "Angle" on 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 The Angle (a few steps from this marker); 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery A, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Alonzo Cushing (within shouting distance of this marker); Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Pettigrew and Trimble's Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield Landmarks - West and North (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . 71st Pennsylvania Infantry. Service history of the regiment. (Submitted on February 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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