Willard’s Brigade Monument (2-3-3)

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

Monument to Willard's Brigade. duplicate (20177) duplicate (20176) Gettysburg April 2011

Location: Located east side of North Hancock Avenue in Ziegler’s Grove near the Brian buildings.

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
SECOND CORPS THIRD DIVISION
THIRD BRIGADE
Col. George L. Willard
Col. Eliakim Sherrill
Lieut. Col. James M. Bull
39th(4Cos.) 111th 126th New York Infantry

July 2. Took position in the morning along Cemetery Ridge at right of the Angle. Near sunset went to the left to support Third Corps. Charged Brig. Gen. Barksdale’s Brigade in the wooded swale at the head of Plum Run forcing it back and capturing many prisoners. The 39th New York recaptured Battery I 5th U. S. from the 21st Miss. Col. Willard was killed and Brig. Gen. Barksdale mortally wounded. At dark the Brigade returned and was held in reserve.

July 3. Engaged on the skirmish line with much loss. At 3 P. M. after a terrific cannonade of two hours the Brigade was moved up to the line of the Second Brigade and assisted in repulsing Longstreet’s assault in which Col. Sherrill was mortally wounded. A large detail from the Brigade under Capt. Armstrong of the 125th New York and the 8th Ohio on the skirmish line withdrew to the right and poured in a deadly fire upon the left of the assaulting lines and then charging captured prisoners and flags.

Casualties Killed 11 Officers 128 Men Wounded 26 Officers 516 Mer Captured or Missing 33 Men Total 714

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