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Monument to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

The monument to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps is south of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill on the east side of Slocum Avenue. (Tour map: North Culp’s Hill)

The brigade was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brigadier General Alexander Shaler, son of a Connecticut ship captain who settled in New York City and became active as a militia officer.

The brigade arrived on the field on July 2nd after a long march from Maryland. On July 3rd it was detached from the Sixth Corps and sent to the support of the fighting on Culp’s Hill, then to the support of the Third Corps line on Cemetery Ridge during the bombardment preceding Pickett’s Charge.

Monument to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg


From the monument:

Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps Third Division
First Brigade
Brig. Gen. Alexander Shaler
65th 67th 122d NewYork
23d 82d Pennsylvania Infantry

July 2. Arrived about 2 P. M. from Manchester Md. and late in the day moved to the northeast slope of Little Round Top and held in reserve bivouacking for the night near Taneytown Road in rear of Second Brigade.

July 3. Ordered to the left and at 8 A. M. to the right to the support of Second Division Twelfth Corps. Took position in rear of woods on Culp’s Hill beyond which action was progressing and was engaged under command of Brig. Gen. J. W. Geary from 9 until 11 A. M. when the original line of the Twelfth Corps was regained. At 3 P. M. returned and under terrific fire of artillery was ordered by Major Gen. G. G. Meade to remain in rear of Third Corps and to report to Major Gen. J. Newton. At 7 P. M. moved half a mile to the right in reserve and remained during the night. Rejoined the Division the next morning.

Casualties Killed 1 Officer 14 Men Wounded 3 Officers 53 Men Captured or Missing 3 Men Total 74

Union Brigadier General Alexander Shaler

Union Brigadier General Alexander Shaler