The monument to the 3rd Division of the 6th Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sedgwick Avenue. (Tour map: Sedgwick Avenue)

Monument to the 3rd Division, 6th corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

6th Corps Headquarters Flag 6C-3D
Attached to the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac. The Third Division flag is the corps symbol, a Greek cross, in blue on a white background.

 

The division was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major General John Newton (USMA ’42), a career Engineer officer from Norfolk, Virginia.

Newton was transferred to command of the 1st Corps on July 2nd to replace Abner Doubleday, the senior division commander of the corps who had taken the place of John Reynolds, who was killed on July 1st. Brigadier General Frank Wheaton took over the division, whose three brigades were split up as support in different sectors of the battlefield and suffered minimal casualties.

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps
Third Division 
Major General John Newton
Brig. General Frank Wheaton

First Brigade Gen. Alex Shaler
Second Brigade Col. Henry L. Eustis
Third Brigade Col. David J. Nevin

July 2. Arrived about 2 P. M. and late in the day marched toward the north slope of Little Round Top. Third Brigade with Second Brigade First Division went into action at sunset on the right of First Brigade Third Division Fifth Corps on the northwest slope of Little Round Top and the combined force drove the advancing Confederates back down the slope across Plum Run marsh and a hundred yards up the slope beyond. First and Second Brigades were in reserve on the northeast slope of Little Round Top.

July 3. First Brigade was ordered to the left and at 8 A. M. to the support of Second Division Twelfth Corps on the right. Second Brigade was sent to the right centre to report to Gen. Newton. The Third Brigade remained under the command of Gen. Bartlett supporting First Brigade Third Division Fifth Corps in the vicinity of the Wheatfield.

Casualties Killed 1 Officer 19 Men Wounded 12 Officers 136 Men Captured or Missing 28 Men Total 196

Union Major General John Newton

Union Major General John Newton