2nd Maryland Infantry Battalion

Descendants Association

Culp's Hill - Gettysburg - July 3, 1863


A modified excerpt from Go Where The Fire Is Hottest, the blog of David H. Jones, author of

Two Brothers: One North, One South


During our first afternoon at the Gettysburg National Military Park, we enjoyed a three hour tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Stanhouse in which we covered the battlefield highlights. Of particular significance to us was a visit to the 2nd Maryland Battalion monument on Culp’s Hill. William Prentiss was here with the Maryland Battalion when they were decimated in an ill-fated charge on July 3, 1863, suffering over forty percent casualties. The monument marks the location where the Marylanders captured a line of Union works during an assault the previous evening. From this position atop the lower summit of Culp’s Hill, Brigadier General George Hume Steuart’s Brigade, including the Marylanders, charged downhill and across what would later be named Pardee Field, to certain destruction. The heroic charge is described in Two Brothers: One North, One South on pages 194 to 200, in the chapter entitled My Poor Boys. Below are pictures of this under-appreciated and well-preserved gem on the battlefield.


The photo above shows the site where the Maryland Battalion formed in line of battle within the tree line, straddling the stonewall, with three companies to the right, five companies to the left. It was here that Captain William H. Murray bade farewell to each member of Company A.


This photo depicts the view the Marylanders saw when they emerged from the woods and began the downhill assault toward Federal positions on the rise just beyond the road. Rifle musket and artillery fire was so severe that the regiments on either side of the Maryland Battalion dropped to the ground and refused to advance, leaving the Marylanders exposed to the full devastation of the Federal barrage.


This is a view down along the wall toward the Union positions (above the monuments). We suspect that the small Confederate Battle Flag was placed on the wall the previous day by a Boy Scout leader with his troop, as they commemorated the gallant charge of the Band of Brothers.


This is a view from the road at the bottom of the hill showing the stone wall and the Pardee Field monument.


The monuments of the 147th Pennsylvania and 5th Ohio, Federal defenders that were the target of the Marylanders assault. Their strong entrenchments were situated on the hillside behind the monuments. Records of the 147th Pennsylvania reveal the story of the wounded Maryland soldier on the ground near their position. Other records tell of the death of Grace, the 2nd Maryland mascot, before the Federal lines that terrible day.





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