“Excelsior Brigade”

3rd Corps Headquarters Flag 3C-2D
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. (Monument map: Emmitsburg Rd. & Sickles Ave.)

Monument to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

Army of the Potomac
Third Corps Second Division 
Second Brigade 
Col. William R. Brewster

70th 71st 72d 73d 74th 120th New York Infantry

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

Union Colonel William R. Brewster

Union Colonel William R. Brewster