The Second Corps’ Second Division’s First Brigade is honored by a monument.
Location: West side of Hancock Avenue, along route of old south loop of Hancock 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.
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
SECOND CORPS SECOND DIVISION
Brig. Gen. William Harrow
Col. Francis E. Heath
19th Maine 15th Massachusetts
1st Minnesota 82D New York Infantry
July 2. Early in the morning took position in the rear of Second and Third Brigades. The 15th Mass. and 82D New York were advanced to the Emmitsburg Road on the right of Cordori House to support Third Corps the other two regiments were moved to the left on a line with the Third Brigade. The Third Corps having been forced back the advanced regiments were compelled to retire to the main line by Brig. Gen. Wright’s Brigade which captured several pieces of artillery but supports coming quickly to the Union line they forced the Confederates back across the Emmitsburg Road with heavy loss and retook the captured artillery Col. C. H. Ward 15th Mass. and Col. J. J. Huston 82D New York were mortally wounded.
July 3. At 1 P. M. a terrific cannonade was opened along the Confederate line in front which continued for about two hours followed by a charge of over 15,000 infantry its right striking Second and Third Brigades. This Brigade moved at once to the right and assisted the other two Brigades in repelling the assault and capturing a large number of prisoners and several flags.
Casualties Killed 10 Officers 137 Men Wounded 46 Officers 527 Men Captured or Missing 1 Officer 47 Men Total 768