Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Army of the Potomac
Major General Alfred Pleasanton
Second Division Brigadier General David McM. Gregg
Third Division Brigadier General John Judson Kilpatrick
Headquarters Guard Co. C. 1st. Ohio Capt. Samuel N. Stanford
Horse Artillery First Brigade Capt. James M. Robertson
Second Brigade Capt. John C. Tidball
June 29. Buford's Division advanced and extended its lines to left as far as Hagerstown to discover Confederate forces if any on left of the Army. Gregg's Division moved to right of the Army to Westminster covering the country toward York and Carlisle by reconnoissances and patrols. Kilpatrick's Division advanced to Hanover.
June 30. Gamble's and Devin's Brigades Buford's Division advanced to Gettysburg. Kilpatrick's Division encountered Stuart's Cavalry at Hanover. Huey's Third Brigade was left at Westminster.
July 1. Gamble's and Devin's Brigades encountered Heth's Division Hill's Corps on second ridge west of Gettysburg when 1st. and 11th. Corps retreated to Cemetery Hill the Cavalry took position first on the left connecting
July 2. On the arrival of 3d. Corps Buford's command was ordered to Westminster. Kilpatrick's Division marched toward Gettysburg and was ordered to the right and was attacked at Hunterstown by a detachment of Stuart's Command which was repulsed.
July 3. Merritt's Brigade arrived and skirmished with the Confederate right while the 6th. U.S. advanced to Fairfield and became engaged. Kilpatrick with Farnsworth's Brigade took position on left of battle line and made a charge in the afternoon on the Confederate right but was repulsed with loss including General Farnsworth killed. Gregg's Division on the right was attacked by Stuart's Cavalry in the afternoon but with the aid of Custer's Brigade Kilpatrick's Division the attack was repulsed.
Casualties: Killed 5 officers, 86 men; Wounded 39 officers 315 men; Total 852.
Erected 1908 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 June 29, 1863.
Location. 39° 48.488′ N, 77° 14.095′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Pleasonton Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located north of the Pennsylvania State 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. 2d Corps Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); 84th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th New York Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania State Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 124th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . Report of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. In his official report, Pleasonton stopped to laud the officers and men in his command for their conduct during the campaign:
In reviewing the conduct of the cavalry corps in this campaign, it becomes a proud gratification to call the attention of the major-general commanding to the devoted spirit and resolution that animated the officers and men throughout all the difficulties, privations, trials, and dangers they had constantly to meet, and which they overcame so gloriously. Not a single mishap occurred to mar the recollection of their noble and brilliant deeds. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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