Greene’s Brigade Monument (12-2-3)

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

Monument to George Greene's Brigade. original (20165) original (20165) Gettysburg April 2011

Location: North Slocum Avenue, north section.

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
TWELFTH CORPS SECOND DIVISION
THIRD BRIGADE
Brig. Gen. George S. Greene
60th 78th 102D 137th 149th New York Infantry

July 1. Arrived about 5 P. M. and took position on the left of the First Corps on Cemetery ridge.

July 2. At 6 A. M. took position on Culp’s Hill on the right of the First Corps with Second Brigade on right. Breastworks were constructed. At 6.30 P. M. the First and Second Brigades were ordered to follow the First Division to support the left of the Army leaving the Brigade to occupy the entire Corps line. The 137th New York was moved into the position of the Second Brigade when the line was attacked by Major Gen. Johnson’s Division which made four distinct charges and at 8 P. M. occupied the works that the First Division had vacated but were successfully repulsed from the line held by the Brigade the 137th New York having changed front to face the attack. The Brigade was reinforced by about 750 men from the First and Eleventh Corps.

July 3. At daylight Major Gen. Johnson having been reinforced advanced and a fierce engagement ensued for seven hours when after suffering great losses he was forced back from the entire line.

Casualties Killed 6 Officers 61 Men Wounded 10 Officers 202 Men Captured or Missing 1 Officer 23 Men Total 303

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