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

# General Command Cannon Location Erected References
1 Maj. Gen. George G. Meade Army Pleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge)  1921 LCS ID 009593 #MN450
2 Maj. Gen. Abner Doubleday 1st Corps South Reynolds Avenue (McPherson’s Ridge)  1913 LCS ID 080704 #MN451
HMdb #15207
3 Maj. Gen. John Newton 1st Corps Pleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge)  1913 LCS ID 080661 #MN452
HMdb #15963
4 Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock 2nd Corps Pleasonton Avenue (Cemetery Ridge)  1913 LCS ID 080666 #MN453
HMdb #16472
5 Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles 3rd Corps United States Avenue  1913 LCS ID 080802 #MN454
HMdb #17441
6 Maj. Gen. George Sykes 5th Corps Sedgwick Avenue (Cemetery Ridge)  1913 LCS ID 080809 #MN455
HMdb #15915
7 Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick 6th Corps Sedgwick Avenue (Cemetery Ridge)  1921 LCS ID 080850 #MN456
HMdb #15909
8 Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard 11th Corps Cemetery Hill  1913 LCS ID 080520 #MN457
HMdb #17038
9 Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum 12th Corps Baltimore Pike  1913 LCS ID 081108 #MN458
HMdb #17877
10 Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt Artillery Taneytown Road  1921 LCS ID 081272 #MN459

Portrait images are from the Library of Congress.

Army of Northern Virginia (CSA)

ANV Corps Headquarters Monuments

# General Command Cannon Location Erected References
1 Gen. Robert E. Lee Army Chambersburg Road (Buford Avenue) 1921 LCS ID 009592 #MN765
HMdb #100012
2 Lt. Gen. James Longstreet 1st Corps West Confederate Avenue (Seminary Ridge) 1908 LCS ID 080768 #MN766
HMdb #10115
3 Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell 2nd Corps  Hanover Road at 6th Street 1921 LCS ID 081109 #MN767
HMdb #10876
4 Lt. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill 3rd Corps West Confederate Avenue (Seminary Ridge) 1908 LCS 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.

Gettysburg Corps Headquarters Monuments
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