The monument to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps is south of Gettysburg on Sedgwick Avenue. (Sedgwick Avenue tour map)
|Attached to the 3rd Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac|
From the monument
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. Bivouacked for the night with First Brigade in the rear.
July 3. Moved to the right centre and reported to Major Gen. J. Newton and was held in reserve during the battle. Not engaged but subject to artillery fire.
Casualties Killed 3 Men Wounded 2 Officers 39 Men Captured or Missing 25 Men Total 69
Colonel Henry Eustis
Colonel Henry Eustis commanded the brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg. Eustis (West Point Class of 1842) was a career army officer and the son of a career army officer. He graduated from Harvard in 1838 then graduated first in his class at West Point. Eustis had spent his career on engineering projects and taught engineering at both Harvard and West Point.
In August of 1862 Eustis left his teaching position and became colonel of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Eustis commanded the regiment at Antietam, where it was in reserve, and Fredericksburg. At the Battle of Salem Church during the Chancellorsville Campaign he took command of the brigade as senior brigadier. Eustis would continue to command a brigade in the 6th Corps through the bloody Overland Campaign until he resigned in June of 1864, officially for reasons of health but reportedly due to an opium addiction. He returned to teaching, becoming dean of Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School.
Location of the monument
The monument is south of Gettysburg on the east side of Sedgwick Avenue just north of the monument to General Sedgwick.