Cumberland Township near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
8th Illinois Cavalry
1st Brigade, 1st Division
1st. Brig. - 1st Div.
First line of battle
July 1. 1863
Occupied until relieved by 1st Corps.
One squadron picketed ridge east of Marsh
Creek and supported by another squadron
met enemy's right advance
Lieut. Jones Co. E. fired first shot as the
enemy crossed Marsh Creek Bridge
advance position on Hagerstown Road
late in the day delayed enemy's advance
by attacking right flank
thereby aiding the infantry in
withdrawing to Cemetery Hill.
In the evening encamped on left flank
July 2. 1863
Buford's Division retired toward Westminster
Erected 1890 by State of Illinois.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1863.
Location. 39° 50.147′ N, 77° 14.968′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Cumberland Township. Memorial is on Reynolds 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. 1st Corps Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); First Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); First Division (within shouting distance of this marker); 143d Pennsylvania Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Brigade (about 300 feet away); Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named First Division (about 400 feet away); "Forward Men" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The First Shot Marker and 8th Illinois Cavalry Monument
Also see . . . 8th Illinois Cavalry. Reenactor web site offering some information about the regiment. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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