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The monument to the Artillery Brigade of the Sixth Corps is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Sedgwick Avenue. (Tour map: Sedgwick Avenue)

Monument to the Artillery Brigade of the 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

6th Corps Headquarters Flag
Attached to the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac


The brigade was commaned at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Charles H. Tompkins, who attended West Point (USMA ’51). Tompkins did not graduate but served as a enlisted man in the First Dragoons. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at Fairfax Court House in 1861.

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps
Artillery Brigade 
Col. Charles H. Tompkins
Mass. 1st Battery A Six 12 Pounders
Capt. William H. McCartney
New York 1st Battery Six 3 lnch Rifles
Capt. Andrew Cowan
New York 3d Battery Six 10 Pounders
Capt. William A. Harn
1st Rhode Island Battery C Six 3 lnch Rifles
Capt. Richard Waterman
1st Rhode Island Battery G Six 10 Pounder Parrotts
Capt. George W. Adams
2d U. S. Battery D Six 12 Pounders
Lieut. Edward B. Williston
2d U. S. Battery G Six 12 Pounders
Lieut. John H. Butler
5th U. S. Battery F Six 10 Pounder Parrotts
Lieut. Leonard Martin

July 2. Arrived in the afternoon and evening from Manchester Md. and the artillery was placed under the orders of Brig. Gen. H. J. Hunt Chief of Artillery of the Army

July 3. The batteries were placed in reserve on different portions of the field so as to be available but with exception of 1st New York Battery were not actively engaged.

Casualties Killed 4 Men Wounded 2 Officers 6 Men Total 12

Union Colonel Charles H. Tompkins

Union Colonel Charles H. Tompkins