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The monument to the Second Brigade, First Division of the Cavalry Corps is on Buford Avenue northwest of Gettysburg. (Tour map: Buford Avenue)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Thomas C. Devin, a New York militia officer and partner in a paint and varnish company.

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From the marker:

Army of the Potomac 
Cavalry Corps First Division 
Second Brigade
Col. Thomas C. Devin
6th 9th NewYork 17th Pennsylvania
3d (2 Cos.) West Virginia Cavalry

June 30. Started early for Gettysburg and encountered two Mississippi Regiments and a section of artillery and after a short skirmish proceeded to Gettysburg arriving there as a detachment of Major Gen. Heth’s Division was about to enter the town but withdrew towards Cashtown leaving pickets four and a half miles from Gettysburg.

July 1. Between 8 and 9 A. M. the Confederates advanced in force from Cashtown. The Brigade Dismounted and with Battery A 2d U. S. held its position for more than two hours against infantry and artillery in superior numbers until arrival of Eleventh Corps and then held the approach by the York Pike. Later ordered to the Emmitsburg Road and formed line with right flank resting on the town. Bivouacked for the night in front of Little Round Top.

July 2. Relieved by Third Corps and marched to Taneytown en route to Westminster.

Casualties Killed 2 Men Wounded 3 Men Captured or Missing 23 Men Total 28

Union Colonel (later Brigadier General)Thomas C. Devin

Union Colonel (later Brigadier General) Thomas C. Devin