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

First U.S. Cavalry

Reserve Brigade - First Division - Cavalry Corps

 

—Army of the Potomac —

 
First U.S. Cavalry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. First U.S. Cavalry Tablet
Inscription.
Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps
Reserve Brigade First Division
First U.S. Cavalry

Captain Robert S. C. Lord commanding
Detachment at Headquarters Army of the Potomac

July 3 Moved with the Brigade at 12 m under Brig. General W. Merritt from Emmitsburg and attacked the Confederate right and rear and was engaged for four hours until the action was brought to a close by a heavy rain.

Casualties Killed 1 man. Wounded 9 men. Missing 5 men.
 
Erected 1907 by Gettysburg National Military Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 46.47′ N, 77° 15.845′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Emmitsburg Road (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the South Cavalry Battlefield section of Gettysburg National Military Park. A residential road runs behind the tablet location, but it is best reached by way of a foot path from the pull off on Emmitsburg Road. 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. Second U.S. Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Reserve Brigade (about 300 feet
First U.S. Cavalry Tablet Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. First U.S. Cavalry Tablet Location
The tablet is within a stand of trees, almost obscured by heavy underbrush. A residential road passes behind the tablet and is seen in the background.
away, measured in a direct line); Battery K, First U.S. Artillery (about 300 feet away); Sixth U.S. Cavalry (about 300 feet away); 1st & 2d Regiments United States Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chaplain Samuel Henry Stein (approx. half a mile away); Manor of Maske (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. South Cavalry Battlefield. Civil War Album page with a map of the action in this sector of the battlefield, narrative of the action, and additional site photos. (Submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st U.S. Cavalry. A regimental history. (Submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Advance of the Regular Cavalry Regiments image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Advance of the Regular Cavalry Regiments
Looking north from the South Cavalry Battlefield. Emmitsburg Road is on the right, running past the flagpoles. The US Regulars cavalry regiments in Merritt's Brigade advanced north across these fields toward the far right flank of the Confederate lines. Most of the Brigade deployed to the west of Emmitsburg Road, in the foreground here. The cavalry dismounted prior to advancing, reducing their mobility and effectiveness against the Confederate skirmish line.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 855 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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