Friday, September 16, 2016

American Civil War Monuments
Gettysburg National Military Park
Monument of the 84th New York Infantry(14th Brooklyn)/McPherson’s Barn

 photos and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Charlie Moore
The 84th New York was involved in the very heavy fighting at the Railroad Cut on the first day at Gettysburg.  They were part of Cutler’s 2nd Brigade,  of Wadsworth’s 1st Division, of Doubleday’s 1st Corps. On the morning of the first, Cutler deployed the 76th New York, 147th New York and 56th Pennsylvania north of the cut and the 84th New York and 95th New York south of the cut.  They were soon outflanked by Brigadier General Joseph Davis’s  Mississippians and North Carolinians and forced to retire.  In the afternoon the 84th New York and the 95th New York assisted  Rufus Dawes’s 6th Wisconsin in taking the Railroad Cut back.  They were then forced to retreat back through Gettysburg to the Culp’s Hill area, after Rode’s Division of Ewell’s Corps eentered the battle.  The monument is one of three representing the 84th at Gettysburg and was dedicated in October of 1887.  They suffered 68% casualties.

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