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

1st U.S. Sharpshooters

(Berdan's)

 

2d. Brigade, 1st. Division, 3d. Corps

 
Co. A, B, D & H, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. Co. A, B, D & H, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters Monument
Inscription. (Front):
1st. U.S. Sharpshooters
(Berdan's)
2d. Brig. 1st Div. 3d Corps

(Left):
This Monument
is dedicated to
the brave men
of this command
who fell at
Gettysburg

(Right):
One hundred Sharp Shooters
reconnoitered to this spot
about 12. M. July 2d. 1863,
losing here nineteen men.
They first developed
the enemy's threatened attack
upon our left and rear.
July 3d. the regiment supported
batteries along Cemetery Ridge
on the 4th it picketed
and skirmished near the
Peach Orchard
Killed 6, Wounded 37,
Captured 6, Total 49.

(Back):
This Regiment
was recruited in 1861,
from
five northern states
and had
four New York Companies,
("A", "B", "D", and "H".).
Served in 3rd, 5th, and 2nd Corps,
participating in
forty-three battles
and skirmishes,
from Yorktown (1862)
to Appomattox (1865).

 
Erected 1889 by State of New York.
 
Location. 39° 48.48′ N, 77° 15.454′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Berdan Avenue and West Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling west
Front Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. Front Inscription
on Berdan Avenue. Touch for map. Located on Seminary Ridge, in the Pitzer's Woods section, 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. 3rd Maine Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Company F, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters (within shouting distance of this marker); Patterson's Battery - Lane's Battalion (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilcox's Brigade (about 700 feet away); Lieutenant General James Longstreet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Macon's Battery - Dearing's Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anderson's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dearing's Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. This monument is often referred to as the "Company A, B, D & H (New York), 1st U.S. Sharpshooter's Monument," as it was erected in memory of those elements of the Sharpshooter regiment.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1st Battalion of U.S. Sharpshooters. Short history of the four companies from New York. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Col. Berdan's Report. In recounting the events of July 2, Col. Berdan
Left Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
3. Left Side Inscription
wrote:
I moved down the Emmitsburg road some distance beyond our extreme left and deployed the sharpshooters in a line running nearly east and west, and moved forward in a northerly direction parallel with the Emmitsburg road. We soon came upon the enemy, and drove them sufficiently to discover three columns in motion in rear of the woods, changing direction, as it were, by the right flank. We attacked them vigorously on the flank, and from our having come upon them very unexpectedly, and getting close upon them, we were enabled to do great execution, and threw them for a time into confusion. They soon rallied, however, and attacked us, when, having accomplished the object of the reconnaissance, I withdrew under cover of the woods, bringing off most of our wounded, and reported about 2 o'clock to Major-General Birney the result of our operations and discoveries. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Pitzer's Woods. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
4. Right Side Inscription
Back Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
5. Back Inscription
Left Flank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
6. Left Flank Marker
Well into the woods to the west of the monument, near the horse trail, is a stone marker indicating the left flank of the Sharpshooters.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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