The First Division flag is the corps symbol, a circle, in red on a white background.
The division was commaned by Brigadier General James Samuel Wadsworth, a wealthy landowner and politician from upstate New York. There is a monument to General Wadsworth on the Gettysburg Battlefield on Reynolds Avenue north of the Railroad Cut.
|Read General Wadsworth’s Official Report for the First Division in the Battle of Gettysburg|
From the monument:
July 1. Arrived at 10 A. M. the first Union Infantry on the field. Formed across Chambersburg Pike relieving First Division Cavalry Corps and was immediately attacked by Archer’s and Davis’s Brigades Heth’s Confederate Division which was repulsed with heavy losses. At 2 P. M. both sides having been heavily reinforced the fighting was renewed with great energy. The two brigades fighting separately where most needed. At 4 P. M. the Confederates having advanced in superior numbers and enveloping both flanks the Division retired by order of the general commanding to Cemetery Hill and went into position on north side of Culps Hill.
July 2 & 3. Entrenched on Culp’s Hill and repulsed attacks made in the evening of second and morning of third.
Casualties Killed 19 Officers 280 Men Wounded 98 Officers 1131 Men Captured or Missing 15 Officers 612 Men Total 2155