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The monument to the 1st Division of the 6th Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sedgwick Avenue. (Sedgwick Avenue tour map)

Monument to the 1st Division of the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

Looking east from Sedgwick Avenue at the monument to the 1st Division, 6th Corps. In the distance is the monument to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps.

6th Corps Headquarters Flag
Attached to the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.
The 1st Division flag is the corps symbol, a Greek cross, in red on a white background.

From the monument

Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps
First Division
Brig. General Horatio G. Wright

First Brigade Brig. Gen. Alfred T A. Torbert
Second Brigade Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett
Third Brigade Brig. Gen. David A. Russell

July 2. Arrived about 4 P. M. and 6 P. M. the Second Brigade with the Third Division moved into position. First and Third Brigades were massed and held in reserve.

July 3. The First Brigade placed in line on left centre subject to orders of Gen. Newton commanding First Corps on the right. Third Brigade was sent to the extreme left to Gen. Wright in command there. At 5 P. M. Gen. Wright with his troops moved to the support of Fifth Corps then threatened. The Brigades of the Division then remained in same position during the day and succeeding night.

July 4. The Third Brigade moved to the left of Fifth Corps and occupied the slope of Round Top.

Casualties Killed 1 Man Wounded 17 Men Total 18

Brigadier General Horatio Wright

Brigadier General Horatio Wright commanded the division at the Battle of Gettysburg. Wright (West Point Class of 1841) was a career Engineer officer from Connecticut. Before the war he taught at West Point and worked on harbor and coast defenses in Florida. The outbreak of the war found him at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, where he helped in its evacuation and destruction. After being briefly captured there he was Chief Engineer of Heintzelmans 3rd Division at Bull Run.

Wright was promoted to brigadier general of Volunteers in September of 1861 and assigned as Chief Engineer on the Port Royal expedition. His successes there led to a promotion to major general and assignment as commander to the newly created Department of the Ohio. But the Senate never confirmed his promotion, and he could not command a department as a brigadier. Major General Ambrose Burnside took over the department, and in May of 1863 Wright took command of the 1st Division of the 6th Corps.

Wright took over the 6th Corps with the death of Sedgwick at Spotsylvania. He led it at Fort Stevens (where he stood on the parapet next to Abraham Lincoln) and in Sheridan’s Valley Campaign. The 6th Corps was the first to break the Confederate line at Petersburg, and took thousands of prisoners at Saylor’s Creek before the surrender at Appomattox.

After the war Wright returned to engineering, working on the Brooklyn Bridge and finishing the Washington Monument. He retired as brigadier general and the army’s Chief of Engineers in 1884, and died in 1899.

Union Brigadier General Horatio Wright

Union Brigadier General Horatio Wright

Location of the monument

The monument is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Sedgwick Avenue. It is about .2 of a mile north of the Wheatfield Road intersection.