Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Anderson's Division - Hill's Corps
Army of Northern Virginia
Hill's Corps Anderson's Division
2nd. 5th. 8th. Florida Infantry
July 2 Formed line in forenoon in the western border of these woods. Advanced at 6 p.m. and assisted in driving back the Union lines on Emmitsburg Road and by rapid pursuit compelled the temporary abandonment of several guns. At the foot of the slope met Union infantry and the line on the right retiring it also fell back. The color bearer of the 8th Florida fell and its flag was lost.
Erected 1910 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° 48.525′ N, 77° 14.613′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling south. Located near the site of the Rogers House, north of the Klingle House, 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 First Massachusetts Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Rogers House (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (within shouting distance of this marker); 11th Massachusetts Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Sharpshooters (about 400 feet away); First Brigade (about 500 feet away); Batteries F & K, Third U.S. Artillery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Perry's Florida Brigade at Gettysburg.
Also see . . . Report of Col. David Lang. Lang commanded Perry's Brigade at Gettysburg. Of the actions on July 2, Lang wrote:
In this charge, the brigade lost about 300 men killed, wounded, and missing, and I regret to state that, while retreating, the colors of the Eighth Florida Regiment were left upon the field, the color-bearer and the color-guard (one sergeant and two corporals) being killed or wounded and left upon the field. I cannot attach any blame to the commander of the regiment, as in the confused order of the retreat several colors were crowded near each other, and the flag was not missed (Submitted on March 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.