Vincent’s Brigade Monument (5-1-3)

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

Monument to Vincent's Brigade. Gettysburg December 2011

Location: West side of Sykes Avenue, south slope of Little Round Top.

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 FIRST DIVISION
THIRD BRIGADE
Col. Strong Vincent Col. James C. Rice
20th Maine 16th Michigan 44th New York
83D Pennsylvania Infantry

July 2. After 4 P. M. moved with the Division left in front to the support of the Third Corps line. The Brigade was detached and took position on Little Round Top advancing to the crests at the south and southwest. The 20th Maine 83D Penna. 44th New York and 16th Michigan took position from left to right. They were immediately attacked by Brig. Gen. Law’s Brigade and the contest raged for over two hours and until dark when the attack was repulsed with great loss in killed wounded and prisoners. Over 500 prisoners including 15 commissioned officers were captured. The 20th Maine and the 83D Penna. extended their lines after dark to the summit of Round Top.

July 3. Took position about noon with Second Brigade near the left centre of the main line of battle and remained in reserve through the day exposed to severe shelling but without loss.

July 4. Made a reconnaissance to the front without finding any Confederate forces in positions occupied by them the previous day.

Casualties Killed 6 Officers 83 Men Wounded 17 Officers 236 Men Captured or Missing 11 Men Total 353

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