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

5th New York Cavalry

1st Brigade, 3rd Division

 

—Cavalry Corps —

 
5th New York Cavalry Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. 5th New York Cavalry Monument
Inscription. (Front):
5th N.Y. Cavalry
1st Brig.
3rd Div.
Cavalry Corps

(Back):
July 3rd 1863 this regiment under command of Maj. John Hammond here supported Battery E, 4th U.S. Horse Artillery, Lieut. S.S. Elder losing 6 men.

This regiment, June 30th 1863 met, and repulsed a portion of Lee's cavalry, under the personal command of Gen. J.E.B. Stewart in the streets of Hanover, in a hand to hand fight, capturing Lieut. Col. Paine and 75 men, with a loss of 26 men killed and wounded.

July 2nd 1863 this regiment attacked Gen. Stewart's cavalry at Hunterstown and afterwards made a flank movement to this position.
 
Erected 1888 by State of New York.
 
Location. 39° 46.993′ N, 77° 14.777′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from South Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on Bushman Hill, in the south section of Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. Located along a walking trail around Bushman Hill. 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. Battery E, Fourth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); William Wells
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Back of Monument
Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart is misidentified on this plaque, using the name "Stewart."
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farnsworth's Cavalry Charge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wounded and the Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Regiment Vermont Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .  5th New York Cavalry. Service record of the regiment. The 5th was also known as the Ira Harris Cavalry and the De Forrest Cavalry. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Monument on the Rocks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. Monument on the Rocks
The monument was placed on a rock at the crest of Bushman Hill, overlooking the north slope. The ground around the hill top was open at the time of the battle.
Right Flank Marker Stone image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
4. Right Flank Marker Stone
The 5th New York Cavalry's right flank marker stone stands a few dozen yards west of the monument. Like many flank markers, one should consider the indicated position not as an absolute reference point, but a general guide to the unit location. Looking around the stone, one gets an appreciation for the rugged terrain in this sector of the battlefield.
Rough Ground on Bushman Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
5. Rough Ground on Bushman Hill
Another view of the rough ground around Bushman Hill. This looks at a section of the east side of the hill, along the trail to the monument. At the time of the battle, the hilltop itself was thinly wooded. However the low ground on all sides of the hill was part of a wood lot. A portion of the 5th New York was posted to this side of the hill during the day, fending off skirmishers from the 1st Texas.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,094 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on July 6, 2010, by Lee McGinnis of Sykesville, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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