Gettysburg Corps Headquarters Monuments – Mounted Cannon Barrels

Vertically mounted bronze and iron cannon barrels mark the location of army corps at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Army of the Potomac (USA) has ten Gettysburg corps headquarters monuments, and the Army of Northern Virginia (CSA) has four. All fourteen were designed by E.B. Cope. Hover over the image to read the caption (or on a mobile device, lightly touch and hold the image).

Gettysburg Corps Headquarters Monuments

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Army of the Potomac (USA)

Army of Northern Virginia (CSA)

Highlights

As you tour the battlefield, look for circle, trefoil, diamond, maltese cross, simple cross, crescent moon, and star symbols on the Union monuments. You will see these symbols on the Gettysburg corps headquarters monuments, too. The symbols identify the corps of the Army of the Potomac. Civil War Cycling’s article, “Monument Shapes and Symbols — A Key” explains the symbolism and provides many photographic examples of Gettysburg monuments that have these symbols.

Army of the Potomac (USA)

AOP Corps Headquarters Monuments

#GeneralCommandCannon LocationErectedReferences
1Maj. Gen. George G. MeadeArmyPleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge) 1921LCS ID 009593 #MN450
2Maj. Gen. Abner Doubleday1st CorpsSouth Reynolds Avenue (McPherson’s Ridge) 1913LCS ID 080704 #MN451
HMdb #15207
3Maj. Gen. John Newton1st CorpsPleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge) 1913LCS ID 080661 #MN452
HMdb #15963
4Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock2nd CorpsPleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge) 1913LCS ID 080666 #MN453
HMdb #16472
5Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles3rd CorpsUnited States Avenue 1913LCS ID 080802 #MN454
HMdb #17441
6Maj. Gen. George Sykes5th CorpsSedgwick Avenue (Cemetery Ridge) 1913LCS ID 080809 #MN455
HMdb #15915
7Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick6th CorpsSedgwick Avenue (Cemetery Ridge) 1921LCS ID 080850 #MN456
HMdb #15909
8Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard11th CorpsCemetery Hill 1913LCS ID 080520 #MN457
HMdb #17038
9Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum12th CorpsBaltimore Pike 1913LCS ID 081108 #MN458
HMdb #17877
10Brig. Gen. Henry J. HuntArtilleryTaneytown Road 1921LCS ID 081272 #MN459

Portrait images are from the Library of Congress.

Army of Northern Virginia (CSA)

ANV Corps Headquarters Monuments

#GeneralCommandCannon LocationErectedReferences
1Gen. Robert E. LeeArmyChambersburg Road (Buford Avenue)1921LCS ID 009592 #MN765
HMdb #100012
2Lt. Gen. James Longstreet1st CorpsWest Confederate Avenue (Seminary Ridge)1908LCS ID 080768 #MN766
HMdb #10115
3Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell2nd Corps Hanover Road at 6th Street1921LCS ID 081109 #MN767
HMdb #10876
4Lt. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill3rd CorpsWest Confederate Avenue (Seminary Ridge)1908LCS ID 080825 #MN768
HMdb #11669

Portrait images are from the Library of Congress.

Orders of Battle

Steve Hawks’ Stone Sentinels web site offers nicely formatted Orders of Battle. For the Battle of Gettysburg, see the Army of the Potomac (Maj. Gen. George G. Meade) and the Army of Northern Virginia (Gen. Robert E. Lee). Also, the Civil War Cycling website offers interactive flashcards for learning Gettysburg’s Order of Battle (to the brigade-level) that I hope you enjoy.

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