Burbank’s Brigade Monument (5-2-2)

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

burbank's brigade Gettysburg February 2009

Location: North side of Ayres Avenue

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
FIFTH CORPS SECOND DIVISION
SECOND BRIGADE
Col. Sidney Burbank
2D (6 Cos.) 7th (4 Cos.) 1Oth (3 Cos.)
11th (6 Cos.) 17th (7 Cos.) U. S. Infantry

July 2. Arrived in the morning and formed on the right of Twelfth Corps afterwards crossed Rock Creek and remained near the Baltimore Pike until late in the day then moved with the Division to the north slope of ottle Round Top and soon advanced across Plum Run Valley supported by First Brigade and formed line on the hill beyond facing the Wheatfield through which First Division Second Corps was forcing the Confederate forces perpendicular to the line of the Brigade later advanced on the left af First Division Second Corps and the First Brigade in support when the Union forces on the right and front having been forced back by superior numbers the two Brigades retired in good order but with great loss under a heavy musketry fire on its front and flank to Little Round Top and in the evening to the woods on the other side in reserve.

July 3. Remained in the same position until the close of the battle.

Casualties Killed 7 Officers 71 Men Wounded 32 Officers 310 Men Captured or Missing 27 Men Total 447 out of a strength of 900 muskets

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