Union Headquarters monuments > Cavalry Corps > 3rd Division

The monument to the Second Brigade, Third Division of the Cavalry Corps is east of Gettysburg on Custer Avenue on the East Cavalry Field. (Monument map: East Cavalry Battlefield – south end)

The brigade had been taken over by Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.

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

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps Third Division
Second Brigade
Brig. Gen. George A. Custer
1st 5th 6th 7th (10 Cos.) Michigan Cavalry 

June 30. Skirmished with Major Gen. Stuart’s Cavalry at Hanover. Supported Battery M 2d U. S.

July 1. Not engaged.

July 2. Engaged with Brig. Gen. Hampton’s Brigade of Major Gen. Stuart’s Cavalry at Hunterstown and with the aid of Battery M 2d U. S. forced it from the field. The 7th Michigan dismounted as skirmishers.

July 3. Marched to Two Taverns arriving at daylight and at 8 A. M. moved to the right under orders to report to Brig. Gen. D. McM. Gregg. Took position north of the Hanover road and West of the Low Dutch Road Second Division coming up and connecting on the left. Soon after noon was ordered to join the Division on the extreme left but about 2 P. M. Major Gen. Stuart’s Division and Brig. Gen. Jenkins’ Brigade of Cavalry having been discovered on the right and front Brig. Gen. Custer under orders from Brig. Gen. D. McM. Gregg turned back his Brigade and with First Brigade Second Division was immediately engaged with the Confederate forces which were repulsed and forced from the field. Late in the day moved to the extreme left and rejoined the Division.

Casualties Killed 1 Officer 31 Men
Wounded 13 Officers 134 Men
Captured or Missing 78 Men
Total 257

Union Brigadier General (later Major General) George A. Custer

Union Brigadier General (later Major General) George A. Custer