Brewster’s Brigade Monument (3-2-2)

The Third Corps’ Second Division’s Second Brigade is honored by a monument.

Brewster's Brigade Gettysburg December 2010

Location: East side of North side of Sickles Avenue at Excelsior Field, North of Wheatfield Road.

Description: Erected 1912. One of 74 Union brigade monuments erected at Gettysburg by the United States War Department to describe the movements and itinerary of each Union brigade of the Army of the Potomac. The monuments were designed by E.B. Cope. Many of the inscription tablets were made of bronze melted down from Civil War cannons. The pedestal consists of sea-green granite with a square base. Base tapers to a smaller dimension at the tablet. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit.

Inscription:

ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
THIRD CORPS SECOND DIVISION
SECOND BRIGADE
Col. William R. Brewster
70th 71st 72D 73D 120th New York Infantry

July 2. Arrived about 1 A. M. and bivouacked for the night. Near 1 P. M. formed in rear of First Brigade the 73D being advanced to the crest of the hill in front. The Brigade advanced between 2 and 3 P. M. the 71st and 72D to the left of First Brigade the 70th and 120th in reserve. Later the 73D was sent to the support of First Brigade First Division. Fiercely attacked toward sunset and the forces on the left having fallen back the Brigade retired and after sunset again advanced and captured the colors of the 8th Florida and thirty prisoners and recaptured guns that had been left on the field. Again retired and formed in rear of a Brigade of Second Corps and bivouacked for the night.

July 3. Moved further to the rear and was supplied with rations and ammunition. About 3 P. M. moved to support batteries in front.

Casualties Killed 12 Officers 120 Men Wounded 50 Officers 523 Men Captured or Missing 73 Men Total 778

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