The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Alexander S. Webb (USMA ’55), a career Army officer. General Webb is honored by a nearby statue on the Gettysburg battlefield and an identical statue at the City College of New York, of which he was President for 33 years.
From the monument:
July 2. The 69th Penna. took position along the advanced line of the stone wall at the left of the Angle. The other regiments of the Brigade in the rear of the ridge. During the day two companies of the 71st and two of the 106th Penna. were sharply engaged on the skirmish line. About sunset Brig. Gen. Wright’s Brigade charged across the Emmitsburg Road to the Union line past the guns of Battery B 1st Rhode Island but was soon repulsed with the loss of many prisoners and forced back beyond the Emmitsburg Road. All the guns temporarily lost were retaken. At night the 71st and 106th Penna. except two companies on skirmish line were sent to the support of the Eleventh Corps on East Cemetery Hill. The former returned at midnight the latter remained.
July 3. At 3 P. M. after a heavy cannonading for two hours Major Gen. Pickett’s Division of about 5,000 men charged the line held by this and the Third Brigade breaking through the line at the Angle. Reinforcements coming up quickly the charge was repulsed with great loss. Nearly 1,000 prisoners and six battle flags were reported captured by the Brigade.
Casualties Killed 9 Officers 105 Men Wounded 27 Officers 311 men Captured or Missing 5 Officers 34 Men Total 491