Union Headquarters monuments


The monument to the Army of the Potomac’s Engineer Brigade is south of Gettysburg on Pleasonton Avenue. (39.808019° W, 77.232962° W; Google map; Tour map: Pleasonton Avenue)

The brigade was commanded during the Gettysburg Campaign by Brigadier General Henry Benham (USMA ’37), a career engineer officer from Connecticut. Like a number of units honored along Pleasonton Avenue, the engineers were not at Gettysburg but played an important part in the campaign.

Monument to the Engineer Brigade, Army of the Potomac

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Engineer Brigade
Brig. Gen. Henry W. Benham

15th New York (3 Companies)
Major Walter L Cassin

50th New York
Col. William H. Pettes

United States Battalion
Capt. George H. Mendell

Engaged in arduous duties from June 13 to July 18 1863 bridging rivers and transporting pontoons to enable the Army to cross the Potomac River and its tributaries into Pennsylvania and to recross into Virginia.

Union Brgadier General Henry Benham

Union Brigadier General Henry Benham