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The monument to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps is south of Gettysburg on Wheatfield Road east of Crawford Avenue. (Crawford Ave. & J. Weickert Farm tour map)

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Monument to the 2nd Brigade, 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg

Monument to the 2nd Brigade, 6th Corps at Gettysburg

From the monument

Army of the Potomac
Sixth Corps First Division
Second Brigade
Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett
5th Maine 121st New York
95th 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

July 2. The Brigade arrived late in the day and was formed in two lines to support Fifth Corps of which the troops in front were giving ground. The Third Brigade Third Division was formed on the left and then advanced to the front. Remained in same position during the night. The 121st New York was detached from the Brigade on its arrival and supported Battery L 1st Ohio until the close of the battle.

July 3. The Third Brigade Third Division was assigned to Brig. Gen. Bartlett’s command which was in an advanced position. Late in the day the Third Brigade Third Division in a second line at an interval of 200 yards supported First Brigade Third Division Fifth Corps in an advance through the Wheatfield and the woods on the south but soon after being engaged the Third Brigade Third Division advanced to the front and the combined forces captured about 200 prisoners of Brig. Gen. Benning’s Brigade and the colors of the 15th Georgia. At dark the Brigade was recalled to a line a few hundred yards in advance of the original position.

Casualties Killed 1 Man Wounded 4 Men Total 5

Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett

Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett commanded the brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg. Bartlett was an attorney from Elmira, New York. At the start of the war he enlisted in the 27th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was elected captain, then quickly promoted to major. He took command from the wounded Colonel Slocum at the Battle of Bull Run and was commended for his aggressive rearguard actions during the retreat. He was promoted to colonel when Slocum became a general. Bartlett led the regiment through the Peninsula Campaign and the Maryland Campaign. He was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a brigade in the 6th Corps, which he led at Salem Church.

Bartlett was transferred to the 5th Corps after Gettysburg, briefly commanding a division at Mine Run before returning to brigade command. He led the brigade through the Overland Campaign and the Siege of Petersburg. He again took over division command at Five Forks when Sheridan removed Warren and Griffin took over the 5th Corps. Bartlett commanded the division through the Appomattox Campaign. He resigned from the army in 1866 to resume his law career, interrupted by a two year term as Ambassador to Sweden and Norway.

Union Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett

Union Brigadier General Joseph J. Bartlett

Location of the monument to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps

The monument is south of Gettysburg on the north side of Wheatfield Road. It is about 650 feet west of the intersection with Sykes and Sedgwick Avenues.