The Second Corps’ Second Division’s Second Brigade is honored by a monument.
Location: East side of Hancock Avenue across from the Copse of Trees.
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. Alexander S. Webb
69th 71st 72D 106th Penna. Infantry
July 2. The 69th Penna. took position along the advanced line of the stone wall at the left of the Angle. The other regiments of the Brigade in the rear of the ridge. During the day two companies of the 71st and two of the 106th Penna. were sharply engaged on the skirmish line. About sunset Brig. Gen. Wright’s Brigade charged across the Emmitsburg Road to the Union line past the guns of Battery B 1st Rhode Island but was soon repulsed with the loss of many prisoners and forced back beyond the Emmitsburg Road. All the guns temporarily lost were retaken. At night the 71st and 106th Penna. except two companies on skirmish line were sent to the support of the Eleventh Corps on East Cemetery Hill. The former returned at midnight the latter remained.
July 3. At 3 P. M. after a heavy cannonading for two hours Major Gen. Pickett’s Division of about 5,000 men charged the line held by this and the Third Brigade breaking through the line at the Angle. Reinforcements coming up quickly the charge was repulsed with great loss. Nearly 1,000 prisoners and six battle flags were reported captured by the Brigade.
Casualties Killed 9 Officers 105 Men Wounded 27 Officers 311 men Captured or Missing 5 Officers 34 Men Total 491