Report of Brig. Gen. Albion P. Howe,
U. S. Army, commanding Second Division.
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XXVII/1 [S# 43] -- Gettysburg Campaign
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, SIXTH CORPS,
Camp near Waterloo, Va., August 7, 1863.
Lieut. Col. M. T. McMAHON,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Sixth Corps.
SIR: In obedience to instructions, I have the honor to report the part the Second Division, Sixth Corps, took in the battle of Gettysburg.
The division left Manchester at 1 a.m. on July 2, and reached the field at Gettysburg at 5 p.m., 33 miles distant. The Third Brigade, under General Neill, was immediately placed in position to support artillery on one of the key-points of the line, and the remainder of the division was ordered to the support of the Fifth Corps. In this position it remained until the action of the day was over.
During the battle of July 2 and 3, the Third Brigade was ordered to take position on the extreme right flank of the army, and the portion of the division in support of the Fifth Corps was ordered, with two batteries, to take position on the extreme left, to hold the left flank of the army. This position the division held until the close of the action, and until the morning of July 5. The brigade under Brigadier-General Neill, on the right, he reports as being almost constantly engaged with the enemy's skirmishers and sharpshooters. The portion of the division on the left was not actively engaged, but held its position under the enfilading fire of the enemy's artillery during the engagement.
The dashing readiness with which the division went on to the field on the evening of the 2d, after its long and continuous march of the previous day and night, and the handsome manner in which it bore itself during the engagement, were worthy of its former reputation.
A list of the casualties of the division has been forwarded.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. HOWE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
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