Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Useless Slaughter
July 1, 2:00 pm
— Gettysburg National Military Park —
Confederate General Alfred Iverson's brigade of 1,300 North Carolinians advanced across this field toward Oak Ridge and the woodlot in front of you. They hoped to drive the Union defenders from their position. Hidden behind the stone wall ahead, General Henry Baxter's Union soldiers watched. Private John D. Vautier, 88th Pennsylvania, said they "came sweeping on in magnificent order...colors to the front...(we) waited quietly for the enemy to come within range." At 80 yards the Union troops rose and fired, striking down more than 500 Confederates in a single blast. Within a terrible span of no more than 10 minutes, the brigade lost some 903 officers and men.
Advancing across this field, men of the 5th, 12th, 20th, and 23rd North Carolina regiments were slaughtered in a surprise attack. The dead, initially buried where they fell, were exhumed in 1871 for burial in the South.
Erected 2021 by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Buford Ave, 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. 9th New York Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 6th New York Cavalry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry (about 700 feet away); Second Army Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3rd West Virginia Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); O'Neal's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Also see . . . Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Cavalry Buys Time". (Submitted on January 25, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Last updated on January 26, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1. submitted on January 23, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2021, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.