The 2nd Brigade was also known as Tidball’s Brigade. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac.
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
CAVALRY CORPS HORSE ARTILLERY
Capt. John C. Tidball
1st U. S. Batteries E and G
Capt. Alanson M. Randol
July 2 and 3. With Cavalry on right under Brig. Gen. D. Mcm. Gregg.
1st U. S. Battery K
Capt. William M. Graham
July 3. With the Reserve Cavalry Brigade on extreme left.
2D U. S. Battery A
Lieut. John H. Calef
July 1. With First Brigade First Division on the right and left of Chambersburg Pike.
July 2. In front of Little Round Top.
3D U. S. Battery C
Lieut. William L. Fuller
With Second Brigade Second Division at Manchester. Not engaged.
Casualties Killed 2 Men Wounded 13 Men Total 15
When was this photograph taken? September 25, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the East Cavalry Field.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been changed or moved.
Commander: Capt. John Caldwell Tidball (January 25, 1825 – May 15, 1906) was a career military officer, noted for his service in the horse artillery in the cavalry in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war, he served as the Commander of the Department of Alaska (in effect, the governor of the region).
After Action Report: After Action Report of Capt. John C. Tidball (will open a pop up window).