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
TWELFTH CORPS SECOND DIVISION
Col. George A. Cobham Jr.
Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Kane
29th 109th 111th Pennsylvania Infantry
July 1. Arrived late in the afternoon and took position in support of a section of Battery K 5th U. S. on the left of the Baltimore Pike.
July 2. In the morning took position on Culp’s Hill connecting with the right of Third Brigade and constructed breastworks. Near sunset moved out on Baltimore Pike and returned at dusk and found the breastworks in possession of Major Gen. Johnson’s Division. Entered the woods in rear of Third Brigade and took position perpendicular to and nearly at right angles with it.
July 3. At 3.30 A. M. the artillery opened fire over the Brigade and Major Gen. Johnson’s Division advanced and attacked in force exposing its line in front and enfilading fires from infantry and to a destructive fire for seven hours with great loss. Brig. Gen. Steuart’s Brigade was immediately in front. No further firing except by skirmishers and sharpshooters.
Casualties Killed 2 Officers 21 Men Wounded 1 Officer 65 Men Captured or Missing 9 Men Total 98
When was this photograph taken? December 11, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Slocum Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Located on extended tour route that includes Culp’s Hill.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Colonel George Ashworth Cobham, Jr. (December 5, 1825 – July 20, 1864) commanded a regiment in the American Civil War and rose to brigade command before being killed in battle.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Kane (will open a pop up window).