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

First Division

Eleventh Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. First Division Tablet
At the top of the tablet is the crescent moon, the symbol of the XI Corps.
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Eleventh Corps
First Division

Brig. Gen. Francis C. Barlow - Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames
First Brigade Col. Leopold Von Gilsa
Second Brigade Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames
Col. Andrew L. Harris

July 1. Arrived about 10.30 a.m. and went into position on a hill about a mile north from the town the left extending southwesterly connecting with Third Division. Attacked by Dole's and Gordon's Georgia Brigades under enfilading fire from Jones's Artillery Battalion, Hoke's and Hays's Brigades of Early's Division moved across Rock Creek upon the right and rear and compelled a retreat through the town to Cemetery Hill and the Division took position on East Cemetery Hill and at its base the First Division First corps on the right. Third Division on the left.

July 2. About 8 p.m. was attacked by Hoke's and Hays's Brigades which swept up among the Batteries at the top. The attack was repulsed about 9.30 p.m. wiht the aid of First Brigade Third Division Second Corps.

July 3. At 1 p.m. heavy cannonade opened and continued with considerable effect for an hour and a half followed by a charge on the Second Corps on the left which was repulsed with great loss.

Casualties - Killed 9 officers 113 men - Wounded 46 officers 631 men - Captured or missing 15 officers 492 men - Total
First Division Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. First Division Tablet
1306.
 
Erected 1910 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 50.692′ N, 77° 13.604′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Howard Avenue ¼ mile north of Old Harrisburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gordon's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Second Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 25th and 75th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Channing Barlow (within shouting distance of this marker); 107th Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Connecticut Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Collapse at Barlow Knoll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery G Fourth U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Barlow Knoll image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. Barlow Knoll
Looking north at Barlow Knoll from the nearby Penn State Cooperative Extension, on Old Harrisburg Road. This view looks from behind the Federal lines, with the knoll seen in the distant center right, with monuments seen among the trees. The two brigades of Barlow's Division massed around that knoll, but were poorly situated to deal with converging Confederate forces. When forced back, the Division made their way back across the open ground directly in front of the camera here, toward the town (behind the camera).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 715 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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