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A monument to the 2nd United States Cavalry Regiment is on the South Cavalry Field, south of Gettysburg along Emmitsburg Road. (map) There are also two position markers nearby.

The 2nd United States Cavalry was part of the Cavalry Corps – 1st Division – Reserve Brigade.

Monument to the 2nd United States Cavalry on the Gettysburg battlefield

From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps
Reserve Brigade First Division
Second U.S. Cavalry 
Captain Theo. F. Rodenbough commanding

Detachment at Headquarters, Army of the Potomac.

July 3. Moved with the Brigade at 12 m. under Brig. General W. Merritt from Emmitsburg and attacked the Confederate right and rear and was engaged for four hours until the action was brought to a close by a heavy rain.

Casualties: killed 3 men wounded 1 officer and 6 men missing 1 officer and 8 men.

Marker for the trail leading to the monument to the 2nd United States Cavalry on the Gettysburg battlefield

Marker for the trail leading to the monument

Position marker for the 1st & 2nd United States Cavalry west of Emmitsburg Road at Gettysburg

Position marker for the 1st & 2nd United States Cavalry west of Emmitsburg Road at Gettysburg

There are two position markers for the 1st and 2nd United States Cavalry, one off Ridge Road and the other west of Emmitsburg Road. They have the same inscription:

Position occupied
by
Detatchments
of the
1st & 2d Regiments
United States Cavalry
During July 3d, 1863

Position marker for the 1st & 2nd United States Cavalry off Ridge Road at Gettysburg

Position marker for the 1st & 2nd United States Cavalry off Ridge Road at Gettysburg

A sign on Emmistburg Road points the way to the marker west of the road.

Pointer to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry marker west of Emmitsburg Road

Pointer to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry marker west of Emmitsburg Road

Trail from Ridge Road to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry marker

Trail from Ridge Road to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Cavalry marker

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