Howe’s Division served as a member of the Sixth Corps in the Army of the Potomac.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Prior to June 30, 1905.
What is it made out of? Natural boulder with a bronze tablet.
What does it depict? The only division monument at Gettysburg that differs from the standard War Department monuments. Different from all of the other United States division markers in Park, it was privately funded by Howe’s family and erected before the Commission put up other 23 tablets. Monument consists of a boulder with bronze plaque affixed to front. Described as “A monument, consisting of a large granite bowlder, with a bronze tablet bearing an appropriate inscription, has been placed on the east side of the Taneytown road, opposite Wright avenue, to mark the headquarters of Brig. Gen. Albion P. Howe, commanding the Second division, Sixth Corps.”
How is it inscribed? This monument reads,
Army of the Potomac
Brig. General Albion P. Howe
2nd Brigade Col. Lewis A. Grant
3rd Brigade Brig. General Thomas H. Neill
The division left Manchester MD at 1 a.m. and reached Gettysburg at 5 p.m. marching 33 miles
2nd Brigade was moved to the left center and finally to the extreme left
3rd Brigade was placed in position on Power’s Hill
2nd Brigade remained on the extreme left of the line
3rd Brigade moved to the extreme right to connect with the Union cavalry
The brigades remained in these positions until the close of the battle
When was this photograph taken? September 18, 2009.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located at the intersection of Taneytown Road and Howe Avenue.
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 materially altered.
Commander: Brig. Gen. Albion Parris Howe (March 13, 1818 – January 25, 1897) was a Union Army general in the American Civil War. Howe’s contentious relationships with superior officers in the Army of the Potomac eventually led to his being deprived of division command. More about this officer.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Brig. Gen. Albion P. Howe (will open a pop up window).