2nd Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac Monument

The monument to the 2nd Division of the 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac.

Von Steinwher's Division

Dedicated: 1910.

Location: East side of Baltimore Pike at East Cemetery Hill.

Description: One of 22 Union division monuments that describe the movements and itinerary of each division of the Army of the Potomac. Designed by E. B. Cope and erected by the U.S. War Department. Concrete foundation, Winnsboro (South Carolina) granite monument, bronze inscription tablet. Seven foot tall monolith.

Inscription:

ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
ELEVENTH CORPS
SECOND DIVISION
Brig. General Adolph Von Steinwehr

First Brigade Col. Charles R. Coster

Second Brigade Col. Orland Smith

July 1. Arrived about 2 P. M. and went into position on Cemetery Hill supporting Battery I First New York Artillery and covered the commanding position there skirmishers taking possession of a church and near by house to prevent occupancy by Confederate sharpshooters. The First and Third Divisions having advanced in a line extending from Rock Creek to Mummasburg Road to connect with right of First Corps became hotly engaged with Hoke’s and Hays’s Brigades. Early’s Division moved toward town in rear of the Union right and the First Brigade was sent to hold them. The Brigade retreated through town and joined the Second Brigade about 4.30 P. M.

July 2. Heavy artillery firing from 4 to 6 P. M. Between 8 and 9 P. M. the Division was attacked by Hays’s Louisiana Brigade which penetrated to Battery I First New York Light Artillery and was repulsed with great loss.

July 3. Not engaged but subject to the fire of sharpshooters and artillery.

Casualties Killed 3 Officers 104 Men Wounded 14 Officers 493 Men Captured or Missing 14 Officers 318 Men Total 946

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