The monument to the 2nd Division of the 12th Corps is southeast of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill. (North Culp’s Hill tour map)
From the monument
Army of the Potomac
Brig. General John W. Geary
July 1. Arrived on the Baltimore Pike and went into position about 5 P. M. the First and Third Brigades on the line from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top Second Brigade on the left of Baltimore Pike.
July 2. In the morning the First and Third Brigades took position on the right of First Corps on Culp’s Hill connecting with First Division on the right Breastworks were thrown up along the entire front. At 7 P. M. the First and Third Brigades on the Baltimore Pike moved off intending to support Third Corps. Brig. Gen. Greene extended the Third Brigade over the line of the Second Brigade refusing his right. Being reinforced by about 750 men from the left he held his position against the attacks of Johnson’s Confederate Division.
July 3. At 3 A. M. an attack by infantry and artillery was made on Johnson’s Division and after a contest of seven hours the Confederate forces were driven from their position losing heavily in killed wounded and prisoners also three battle flags and over 5,000 small arms.
Casualties Killed 12 Officers 96 Men Wounded 16 Officers 381 Men Captured or Missing 1 Officer 34 Men Total 540
Brigadier General John Geary
Brigadier General John Geary commanded the division at the Battle of Gettysburg. Geary had been wounded several times leading a regiment in the Mexican war, had been the last Alcalde and first Mayor of San Francisco, and had served as Governor of war-torn Kansas Territory. By the Gettysburg Campaign he had already been wounded three more times in the Civil War. At 6′ 6″ he was a good target.
Location of the monument
The monument is southeast of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill. It is on the west side of Slocum Avenue just north of the intersection with Williams Avenue and just north of the monument to General Geary.