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The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac

 
 
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By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
1. The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, Monument
Inscription.  
To commemorate the valor of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, and in loving memory of its heroic dead this monument has been erected by Major General Daniel Butterfield, U.S.V., its commander on this field December 13th 1862.

Organized July 22, 1862, disbanded June 1, 1865. Casualties 35708. “Brave Companions Tried and True” — Commanders: Porter • Hooker • Butterfield • Meade • Sykes • Warren • Griffin.

(List of Battles) Hanover Court House • Mechanicsville • Gaines Mill • New Market • Malvern Hill • Second Bull Run • Antietam • Fredericksburg • Chancellorsville • Gettysburg • Wilderness • Spottsylvania • North Anna • Bethesda Church • Cold Harbor • Hatchers Run • Five Forks • Appomattox.

Regiments, Batteries and Organizations officially serving with the Fifth Army Corps between July 22nd, 1862, and June 1st, 1865.
United States Army. Infantry: 1st (Co. G), 2d, 9d, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th,
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2. Front of Monument
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19th. Cavalry: 5th. • Artillery: 1st (Batt’s E, G), 2d (Batt. A), 3rd (Batt’s F. K), 4th (Batt. B), 5th (Batt’s D, G, I, K).
New York. Infantry: 5th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 25th, 44th, 76th, 83d, 84th, 91st, 94th, 95th, 97th, 104th, 140th, 146th, 147th, 185th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 1st Sharpshooters. • Artillery: 1st (Batt’s B, C, D, E, H, L), 15th Lt. Batt., 4th Heavy, 6th Heavy, 15th Heavy
Pennsylvania. Infantry: 11th, 39th, 56th, 13th, 83d, 88th, 90th, 91st, 107th, 114th, 118th, 121st, 123d, 126th, 129th, 131st, 133d, 134th, 142d, 143d, 149th, 150th, 155th, 187th, 190th, 191st, 198th, 210th, Penn Reserves 1st, 2d, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th. Cavalry: 3d, 4th, 16th 17th, 21st. • Artillery: 1st Light (Batt B).
Massachusetts. Infantry: 9th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 8th, 22d, 32d, 39th, 61st, 2d Co. Sharpshooters. • Cavalry: 1st. • Artillery: Light Batt's C, E, I.
Maryland. Infantry: 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th, Parnell Legion.
Maine. Infantry: 2d, 16th, 20th, 1st Sharpshooters.
Michigan. Infantry: 1st, 4th, 16th, 24th, Brady Sharpshooters.
Delaware. Infantry: 3d, 4th, 8th.
Wisconsinl. Infantry: 2d, 6th, 7th Independent Battalion.
Indiana. Infantry:
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3. Front of Monument
7th, 19th.
Rhode Island. Cavalry: 1st. • Artillery: 1st Light (Batt C).
Ohio. Artillery: 1st Light (Batt L).

Presented to the Fredericksburg and adjacent Battlefields Memorial Park Association. Corner-stone laid by Fredericksburg Lodge No. 3 A.F.& A.M. May 25th, 1900, in the presence of William McKinley, President of the United States, and the monument was dedicated by that lodge May 30th, 1901.
 
Erected 1901 by Major General Daniel Butterfield, U.S.V.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1907.
 
Location. 38° 17.591′ N, 77° 28.07′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Boulevard and Sunken Road, on the right when traveling south on Lafayette Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sunken Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); 127th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting
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By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
4. Back or Monument
distance of this marker); Col. Joseph A. Moesch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg National Cemetery (about 300 feet away); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (about 300 feet away); A Winter Campaign Ends in Union Disaster (about 400 feet away); A Segregated Park Service (about 400 feet away); Fredericksburg Battlefield (about 400 feet away); Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Additional commentary.
1. General Butterfield's “Taps”
The music for “Taps,” the Lights-Out military bugle call, was adapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, in July 1862. Today its 24 haunting and emotional notes are known to everyone, military or civilian. Day is done, gone the sun • From the hills, from the lake,
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By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
5. East side of monument
from the sky • All is well, safely rest • God is nigh.
    — Submitted July 17, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

 
Additional keywords. U.S.V. - Unites States Volunteers
 
Marker on west side of monument image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
6. Marker on west side of monument
Daniel A. Butterfield image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne
7. Daniel A. Butterfield
from The Biographical Dictionary of America, 1906 by Rossiter Johnson.
Marker is located in the National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
8. Marker is located in the National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,781 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 14, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on September 27, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on July 14, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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