|Attached to the 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac|
The monument to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel William R. Brewster of the 73rd New York Infantry. (Tour map: Emmitsburg Rd. & Sickles Avenue tour map)
Army of the Potomac
Third Corps Second Division
Col. William R. Brewster
July 2. Arrived about 1 A. M. and bivouacked for the night. Near 1 P. M. formed in rear of First Brigade the 73d being advanced to the crest of the hill in front. The Brigade advanced between 2 and 3 P. M. the 71st and 72d to the left of First Brigade the 70th and 120th in reserve. Later the 73d was sent to the support of First Brigade First Division. Fiercely attacked toward sunset and the forces on the left having fallen back the Brigade retired and after sunset again advanced and captured the colors of the 8th Florida and thirty prisoners and recaptured guns that had been left on the field. Again retired and formed in rear of a Brigade of Second Corps and bivouacked for the night.
July 3. Moved further to the rear and was supplied with rations and ammunition. About 3 P. M. moved to support batteries in front.
Casualties Killed 12 Officers 120 Men
Wounded 50 Officers 523 Men
Captured or Missing 73 Men Total 778