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5th Corps Headquarters Flag Flag for the First Division, Fifth Corps

The monument to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division of the 5th Army Corps is south of Gettysburg along Sykes Avenue on Little Round Top. (Tour map: Little Round Top)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Strong Vincent, who is honored by a nearby monument and whose statue is on the monument to the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, of whom he was colonel.

Vincent was mortally wounded on the afternoon of July 2nd while holding Little Round Top, and the brigade was then commanded by Colonel James C. Rice of the 44th New York.

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps First Division
Third Brigade
Col. Strong Vincent Col. James C. Rice
20th Maine 16th Michigan 44th NewYork
83d Pennsylvania Infantry

Monument to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division of the 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

July 2. After 4 P. M. moved with the Division left in front to the support of the Third Corps line. The Brigade was detached and took position on Little Round Top advancing to the crests at the south and southwest. The 20th Maine 83d Penna. 44th New York and 16th Michigan took position from left to right. They were immediately attacked by Brig. Gen. Law’s Brigade and the contest raged for over two hours and until dark when the attack was repulsed with great loss in killed wounded and prisoners. Over 500 prisoners including 15 commissioned officers were captured. The 20th Maine and the 83d Penna.extended their lines after dark to the summit of Round Top.

July 3. Took position about noon with Second Brigade near the left centre of the main line of battle and remained in reserve through the day exposed to severe shelling but without loss.

July 4. Made a reconnaissance to the front without finding any Confederate forces in positions occupied by them the previous day.

Casualties Killed 6 Officers 83 Men
Wounded 17 Officers 236 Men
Captured or Missing 11 Men Total 353