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First New Jersey Cavalry

 
 
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
1. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
At Gettysburg, the facing of the monuments is often an important key to the facing of the unit in combat. In this case, the 1st New Jersey Cavalry faced threats from both the north and the west. Thus the "front" of the monument actually faces away from the modern park road. The monument is topped by a sculpture of various cavalry accouterments, including a Spencer repeating carbine, saddle, bugle, and pistol holster.
Inscription.  
(Front or North Face):
Maj. Myron H. Beaumont.
1st Brigade,
2d Cavalry Division
———
July 3, 1863.
———
Erected by the
State of New Jersey
1888

(Left or West Face):
Organized in
September 1861,
and served
to the end of
the war.
Participated in
97 engagements
———
Losses
Killed in action 79.
Died of wounds Etc.
170, Died, prisoners
of war, 34. Missing,
supposed dead, 12.

(Back or South Face):
Officers killed
in battle
during the war
———
Col. Hugh H. Janeway
Lt. Col. Virgil Broderick
Maj. John H. Shellmire
Maj. James H. Hart
Maj.
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John H. Lucas
Capt. Thomas R. Haines
Capt. Moses H. Malesbury
Lieut. Alexander Stewart
Lieut. Edward E. Jemison
Lieut. John W. Bellis
Lieut. Voorhees Dye
Lieut. Alanson Austin

(Right or East Face):
Fought here
July 3, 1863
both mounted and
dismounted. Holding
this position
several hours
assisted in repelling
the charges of the
enemy's cavalry.

 
Erected 1888 by State of New Jersey.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 3, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 49.723′ N, 77° 10.199′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. It is in Mount Pleasant Township. Marker is on Cavalry Field Road (Gregg Avenue), on the right when traveling west. Located in the East Cavalry Battlefield section of the 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.
Front or North Face image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
2. Front or North Face
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Braving the Firestorm (a few steps from this marker); The Brook Rawle Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Come on You Wolverines (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michigan Cavalry Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Co. A Purnell Legion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chambliss's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Division (approx. 0.4 miles away); Captain Thomas E. Jackson's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gregg Cavalry Shaft (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1st New Jersey Cavalry Regiment. Web site dedicated to the history of the regiment. Includes company rosters. (Submitted on July 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st New Jersey Cavalry. "The Civil War in the East" unit history. (Submitted on May 23, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Left or West Face image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
3. Left or West Face
Rear or South Face image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
4. Rear or South Face
Right or East Face image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
5. Right or East Face
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
6. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
7. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument<br>Historical Photograph image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
8. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
Historical Photograph
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
9. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
The monument faces away from the park road. To the left of the monument is a park service interpretive marker titled, "Stuart Strikes the Rear."
First New Jersey Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 23, 2015
10. First New Jersey Cavalry Monument
Maj. Myron H. Beaumont image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
11. Maj. Myron H. Beaumont
First New Jersey Cavalry Positon - Early Phases image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
12. First New Jersey Cavalry Positon - Early Phases
Early during the fighting on July 3, the 1st New Jersey was engaged with Skirmishers from Jenkins' Brigade. The fighting centered along the branches of Little's Run, over which the park road crosses a few feet to the east of the monument location.
First New Jersey Cavalry Position - Later Phases image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, April 12, 2008
13. First New Jersey Cavalry Position - Later Phases
With the advance of portions of Chambliss' Confederate Brigade, the 1st New Jersey fell back to Lott's Woods, near the location of the Gregg Cavalry Shaft Memorial stands today (distant right). When Fitzhugh Lee's and Hampton's Confederate Brigades attacked through the center of the battlefield, the 1st New Jersey advanced into the open field (foreground here). The advance placed the New Jersey regiment on the flanks of the Confederates.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,374 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on November 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   10, 11. submitted on November 30, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   12, 13. submitted on July 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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