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

3d Corps Headquarters

Major General Danile E. Sickles

 
 
3d Corps Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
1. 3d Corps Headquarters Marker
The marker incorporates a 4.5-inch Ordnance Siege Rifle. Over the barrel is a diamond, the symbol of Third Corps.
Inscription.  
Army of the Potomac
3d. Corps Headquarters
Major General
Daniel E. Sickles
July 1, 2. 1863

 
Erected 1913 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 1, 1868.
 
Location. 39° 48.114′ N, 77° 14.586′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on United States Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located at the Trostle 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. Bigelow's Desperate Stand (a few steps from this marker); Ninth Massachusetts Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 150th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Sickles (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ninth Massachusetts Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd Position of 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers
General Sickles Marker and Witness Tree image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, June 23, 2012
2. General Sickles Marker and Witness Tree
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); 7th New Jersey Volunteers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
 
Also see . . .  The Sickles' Witness Tree. Article from Gettysburg Daily. (Submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Close Up of Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
3. Close Up of Plaque
3d Corps Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
4. 3d Corps Headquarters Marker
General Sickles Witness Tree image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
5. General Sickles Witness Tree
A tree standing beside the marker is one of many at Gettysburg designated a "witness tree." The tree stood at the time of the battle. This photo was taken in winter when its leaves were gone. But it quite possible that General Sickles enjoyed its shade on that summer day in July 1863.
Sight Bracket and Foundry Number image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 21, 2009
6. Sight Bracket and Foundry Number
On the trunnions of the cannon, just below the sight bracket is a number - 1671. This was the manufacturer's serial number, matching to the Ordnance Department's registry number 80. This 4.5-inch Siege Gun, Model 1861, commonly noted as an "Ordnance Rifle" due to its design, was produced by Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1863. It was inspected by Charles Peoble Kingsbury before issue. At manufacture it weighed 3,577 pounds. No guns of this type were present at the battle, although two batteries using these guns were attached to the Army of the Potomac held in reserve.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 27, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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