About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1912.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished smooth sea-green granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? 36′ by 36′ base. Weight: 300 Pounds. Height 5’4″. Tablet measures 4 feet by 3 feet 8 inches.
Who made it? Albert Russell & Sons Co. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Erected by the United States War Department.
What does it depict? Monolith consisting of polished smooth sea-green granite pedestal with a square base. Base tapers to a smaller dimension at the tablet. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit.
What does it honor? One of 74 Union brigade monuments erected at Gettysburg by the United States War Department to describe the movements and itinerary of each Union brigade of the Army of the Potomac. The monuments were designed by E.B. Cope. Many of the inscription tablets were made of bronze melted down from Civil War cannons.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
THIRD CORPS SECOND DIVISION
Col. George C. Burling
2D New Hampshire 5th 6th 8th New Jersey
115th Pennsylvania Infantry
July 2. Arrived between 9 and 10 A. M. and joined the Division. Between 2 and 3 P. M. advanced with the Division and was placed in reserve in rear of Second Brigade and soon thereafter ordered to First Division except that the 5th New Jersey supported Battery K 4th U. S. on the Emmitsburg Road. The 2D New Hampshire and 7th New Jersey reported to Brig. Gen. C. K. Graham and supported batteries in the Peach Orchard the 63D Penna. on the left. The 6th New Jersey went to the support of the Second Brigade First Division on its left in Plum Run Gorge near Devil’s Den. The 8th New Jersey and 115 Penna. were sent to the Wheatfield to support the right of Second Brigade First Division. The regiments of the Brigade were severely engaged where assigned and retired at the close of the day with the organizations with which they served.
July 3. In the morning rejoined the Division and was placed in reserve where apparently needed.
Casualties Killed 6 Officers 53 Men Wounded 43 Officers 333 Men Captured or Missing 78 Men Total 513
When was this photograph taken? September 24, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on North side of DeTrobriand Avenue.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Colonel George Childs Burling (February 17, 1834 – December 24, 1885) was a United States Union Army officer during the American Civil War, serving mostly as colonel and commander of the 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. George C. Burling (will open a pop up window).