The monument to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sickles Avenue. (Emmitsburg Rd. & Sickles Avenue tour map)
|Attached to the 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac|
July 2. Arrived about 1 A. M. and bivouacked for the night. Early in the afternoon formed on the right of the Division connecting with Second Corps on the right. Between 3 and 4 P. M. advanced 300 yards to the Emmitsburg Road connecting with First Division. The Brigade with the support of 5th New Jersey on the left and 15th Mass. and 82d New York on the right held the front line Second Brigade in reserve until the line on the left gave way when the Brigade with the Division changed front to the left. The Brigade then retired with the Corps by order of Major Gen. D. B. Birney commanding to the main line in the rear where it formed and forced back the pursuing forces regained the lost ground capturing many prisoners and held the position until morning.
July 3. The Confederate artillery opened fire at daylight which continued over an hour. At 6 A. M. the Brigade was ordered to join the Corps in the rear and then to support the Fifth Corps and at 3 P. M. to support the Second Corps. The Brigade lying in close column suffered severely from the artillery fire.
Casualties Killed 10 Officers 111 Men Wounded 45 Officers 559 Men Captured or Missing 2 Officers 63 Men Total 790
Brigadier General Joseph B. Carr
Brigadier General Joseph B. Carr commanded the brigade at Gettysburg. He was a tobacconist and militia colonel from Troy, New York. He helped recruit the 2nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment and became its colonel in May of 1861. Carr was promoted to brigadier general in September of 1862 but was not confirmed until 1864. He was wounded at Gettysburg at the Peach Orchard, but would return to command until the end of the war.
Location of the monument
The monument is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Sickles Avenue. It is about 299 feet southwest of the intersection with Emmitsburg Road and the monument to Major General Humphreys.