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Cumberland Township near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Third Brigade

Third Division - Sixth Corps

— Army of the Potomac —

Third Brigade, Third Division, Sixth Corps image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. Third Brigade, Third Division, Sixth Corps
At the top of the tablet is the Greek Cross of Sixth Corps.
Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps Third Division
Third Brigade

Brig. Gen. Frank Wheaton
Col. David J. Nevin
62d. New York 93d. 98th. 102d. 139th. Penna. Infantry

July 2 Arrived about 2 p.m. and late in the day moved to the north slope of Little Round Top. On the advance of Brig. Gen. Wofford's Brigade and others forcing First and Second Brigades Second Division Fifth Corps across Plum Run and up the west base of Little Round Top the Brigade with First Brigade Third Division Fifth Corps on its left countercharged forcing the Confederates down the hill and across Plum Run and marsh and 100 yards up the slope beyond and remained during the night having recaptured two Napoleon guns.

July 3 Assigned to the command of Brig. Gen. J.J. Bartlett in the morning and remained in the advanced position of the previous night. Late in the day supported First Brigade Third Division Fifth Corps at an interval of 200 yards in an advance through the Wheatfield and the woods on the south encountering a detachment of Brig. Gen. Benning's Brigade and the combined forces captured about 200 prisoners of that Brigade and
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the colors of the 15th Georgia. At dark the line was recalled to a position of a few hundred yards in advance of the original line. The Brigade sustained some loss in this movement. One Napoleon and three caissons belonging to the 9th Mass. Battery recaptured.

Casualties. Killed 2 men. Wounded 7 officers 44 men. Total 53.
Erected 1912 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 July 2, 1863.
Location. 39° 47.804′ N, 77° 14.268′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Marker is on Crawford Avenue (Driveway to John Weikert Farm), on the right when traveling north. Located on the north end of the "Valley of Death" near the John Weikert farm 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 walking distance of this marker. 139th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 3rd Massachusetts Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 62nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 96th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers
Wheaton's (Nevin's) Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Wheaton's (Nevin's) Brigade Tablet
Beside the tablet are the flank markers for the 139th and 93rd Pennsylvania.
(within shouting distance of this marker); 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Samuel Wiley Crawford (about 400 feet away); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Also see . . .  Report of Col. David J. Nevin. Col. Nevin offered this account of the July 3 advance:
At 6 p.m. of July 3, orders were received to support a reconnaissance of General Crawford to the left. This was done, and, in addition to the support of two of my regiments, the Sixty-second New York and the One hundred and thirty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers, the latter commanded by Lieut. Col. W. H. Moody (Colonel Collier having been accidentally wounded early in the day),took an active part in the reconnaissance, the Sixty-second New York having advanced to the extreme left, and driving a regiment of rebels half a mile, capturing many prisoners, and the One hundred and thirty-ninth Pennsylvania advancing on the right of General Crawford's command, driving the rebel picket line back half a mile, and recapturing one brass Napoleon gun and three caissons, taken
General Frank Wheaton image. Click for full size.
3. General Frank Wheaton
Frank Wheaton joined the Army in 1855 and served in the west before the war. Early in the war he commanded the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. After promotion to Brigadier General he led the Third Brigade at Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg, when General Newton filled in as I Corps Commander, Wheaton turned the Brigade over to Col. Nevin. Returning to brigade command for the 1864 campaigns, Wheaton was elevated back to division command later during the Valley Campaign that year. However, his post war career is spotted by a defeat in the Modoc War of 1873.
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by the enemy from the Ninth Massachusetts Battery on the 2d.
(Submitted on March 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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