Kilpatrick’s Division served as a member of the Cavalry Corps in the Army of the Potomac.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1910.
What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Granite. Plaque: Bronze.
What size is it? Seven foot tall monolith.
Who made it? Albert Russell & Sons Co. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Erected by the United States War Department.
What does it depict? Monuments are rough-hewn monoliths, 4’2?x2?x7?H, consisting of Winnsboro, South Carolina granite. Bronze inscription tablet, 3’8?x3’6-3/4?, is affixed to the polished face of the monolith. Corps insignia, a bronze Maltese Cross, is excised & polished at top of tablet.
What does it honor? One of 22 Union division monuments that describe the movements and itinerary of each division of the Army of the Potomac. Designed by E. B. Cope.
How is it inscribed? The monument reads,
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
Brig. General Judson Kilpatrick
First Brigade Brig. Gen. Elon J. Farnsworth
Col. Nathaniel R Richmond
Second Brigade Brig. General George A. Custer
Co. C 1st Ohio Capt. S. N. Stanford
June 30. The First Brigade was attacked by Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry at Hanover and was repulsed.
July 1. Marched to Berlin to intercept Stuart without success.
July 2. Arrived on the field of Gettysburg at 2 P. M. Moved over the road from Gettysburg to Abbottstown and was attacked at sundown near Hunterstown by Stuart’s Cavalry which was driven from the field after an engagement of two hours.
July 3. Moved to attack the Confederate right and rear. The Second Brigade reported to Gen. Gregg and was engaged on the extreme right. Gen. Farnsworth arrived on the extreme left at 1 P. M. and became engaged with the Confederate skirmishers and was supported by the Reserve Brigade on his left. About 5.30 P. M. the First and Reserve Brigades advanced Gen. Farnsworth with the 1st West Virginia and 18th Pennsylvania through woods and across stone walls occupied by superior forces of Confederate infantry and artillery and was repulsed with heavy loss and Gen. Farnsworth killed.
July 4. Moved to Emmitsburg.
Casualties Killed 4 Officers 49 Men Wounded 19 Officers 162 Men Captured or Missing 1 Officer 120 Men Total 355
When was this photograph taken? December 8, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. South Confederate Avenue, Bushman Woods.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Monument is located off of South Confederate Avenue.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.
Commander: Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (January 14, 1836 – December 4, 1881) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, achieving the rank of brevet major general. He was later the United States Minister to Chile, and a failed political candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. More about this officer.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick (will open a pop up window).