|Attached to the 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac|
The monument to the First Brigade, Second Division, Third Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (Tour map: Emmitsburg Rd. & Sickles Ave.)
The brigade was commanded by Brigadier General Joseph B. Carr, a tobacconist and militia colonel from Troy, New York.
July 2. Arrived about 1 A. M. and bivouacked for the night. Early in the afternoon formed on the right of the Division connecting with Second Corps on the right. Between 3 and 4 P. M. advanced 300 yards to the Emmitsburg Road connecting with First Division. The Brigade with the support of 5th New Jersey on the left and 15th Mass. and 82d NewYork on the right held the front line Second Brigade in reserve until the line on the left gave way when the Brigade with the Division changed front to the left. The Brigade then retired with the Corps by order of Major Gen. D. B. Birney commanding to the main line in the rear where it formed and forced back the pursuing forces regained the lost ground capturing many prisoners and held the position until morning.
July 3. The Confederate artillery opened fire at daylight which continued over an hour. At 6 A. M. the Brigade was ordered to join the Corps in the rear and then to support the Fifth Corps and at 3 P. M. to support the Second Corps. The Brigade lying in close column suffered severely from the artillery fire.
Casualties Killed 10 Officers 111 Men
Wounded 45 Officers 559 Men
Captured or Missing 2 Officers 63 Men Total 790