Jul 8


Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy is standing on Herr’s Ridge near the position of Brander’s Virginia Battery on July 1, 1863. Brander’s Battery, also known as the Letcher Artillery, consisted of two ten pounder Parrotts and two Napoleons. Rich is pointing to the James Wills Farm, occupied at the time of the battle by tenant William Job or Jobe. Above the farm, on east McPherson’s Ridge, is the monument to the 76th New York Infantry Regiment. In the background, on Oak Ridge/Seminary Ridge are Sheads’ Woods. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy is the host for our series on Cutler’s Brigade of the United States’ Army of the Potomac.

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In our first Cutler’s Brigade post Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy provided background on division commander Brigadier General James Wadsworth, the 104th New York Infantry Regiment, and the brigade commander, Brigadier General Lysander Cutler.

In the second Cutler’s Brigade post Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy discussed three regiments in Cutler’s Brigade, the 76th, 84th, and 147th New York Infantry regiments.

In our third Cutler’s Brigade post Gettysburg LBG Rich Bellamy discussed two regiments in Cutler’s Brigade, the 56th Pennsylvania and 95th New York, and a regiment in the Iron Brigade- the 6th Wisconsin.

In the fourth Cutler’s Brigade post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy visited Emmitsburg, Maryland, the monument to Hall’s Maine Battery, and the marker for Confederate Brigadier General Joseph Davis’ Brigade.

In the fifth Cutler’s Brigade post, Rich Bellamy showed us where Cutler’s and Meredith’s Brigades were camped along Marsh Creek, and how they cut across the fields near the Codori Farm as a shortcut to Seminary Ridge.

In the sixth Cutler’s Brigade post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy showed us where Cutler’s Brigade crossed Seminary Ridge, and how they moved into position on McPherson’s Ridge.

In the seventh post on Cutler’s Brigade, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy shows the position of James Hall’s 2nd Maine Battery on West McPherson Ridge, the first position of the 95th New York and the 14th Brooklyn on West McPherson’s Ridge, and the position of William Pegram’s Confederate Artillery Battalion on Herr’s Ridge.

In today’s Cutler’s Brigade post, Rich Bellamy shows the position of Brander’s Battery on Herr’s Ridge, the position of the 56th Pennsylvania on East McPherson’s Ridge, and the position of the 147th New York on West McPherson’s Ridge.



This map shows the location of the videos for Cutler’s Brigade posts. Videos #1-#20 were shown in our previous posts on Cutler’s Brigade. Video #17 was taken near the Chambersburg Pike on the west side of Seminary Ridge. Video #18 was taken on West McPherson’s Ridge near the monument to Hall’s 2nd Maine Battery. Video #19 was taken near the marker to the 14th Brooklyn near Herbst’s/McPherson’s/Reynolds’ Woods. Video #20 was taken near the Herr Tavern on Herr’s Ridge. Video #21 was taken on Herr’s Ridge at the position of Brander’s Battery. Video #22 was taken on East McPherson’s Ridge where the 56th Pennsylvania was first placed in position north of the Chambersburg Pike. Video #23 was taken on the bridge over the railroad cut on Reynolds’ Avenue. This map was created facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 5, 2010.

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In Video #21 (Videos #1-#20 were shown in our previous Cutler’s Brigade posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy is standing on Herr’s Ridge, near the position of Brander’s Battery. He shows us the James Wills’ farm, occupied by the William Job or Jobe family, the 76th New York Monument, Sheads’ Woods, and the position of Robinson’s Division on July 1, 1863. This view was taken facing southeast to north to southeast at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy is standing on East McPherson’s Ridge on Reynolds’ Avenue. The Eternal Light Peace Memorial (Peace Light) is on Oak Hill in the left background. The black/bronze monument to the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment is near the closest tree on the right (east) side of the avenue. The monument to the 76th New York is farther north of the 56th Pennsylvania, near the stop sign. Sheads’ Woods on Oak Ridge/Seminary Ridge is in the right background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

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In Video #22 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy is standing on East McPherson’s Ridge near the position of the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry. He shows how the 56th Pennsylvania came into position here with a gap between them and the Chambersburg Pike. This view was taken facing southeast to northeast at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.



Rich Bellamy is standing on the Reynolds’ Avenue Bridge that crosses the railroad cut on East McPherson’s Ridge. The monument to the 14th Brooklyn Infantry Regiment is in the background near the cut. The McPherson Barn is in the right background. The 147th New York first went into position behind (to the left of) the barn in a land that existed at the time of the battle. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

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In Video #23 Rich Bellamy is standing on the bridge over the railroad cut on East McPherson’s Ridge. He shows how the 147th went from a position behind the McPherson Barn to the reverse slope of West McPherson’s Ridge. This view was taken facing southwest to west to northwest at approximately 5:45 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.



Some statistics of Cutler’s Brigade. This list was provided by Rich Bellamy.

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