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First Vermont Brigade


First Vermont Brigade Monument, Wright Avenue

Left Side:

First Vermont Brigade,
Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Regiments,
Second Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps.


Organized in the summer of 1861 by Major General William F. Smith, and commanded by Brig. Gen. W. T. H. Brooks and Brig. Gen. and Brevet Maj. Gen. L. A. Grant, this brigade fought in whole or part with the Army of the Potomac from the First Bull Run to Appomattox.

Aggregating-including the Eleventh Regiment, for a year part of the brigade, -11,137 officers and men, it gave 2,439 lives to the Union cause. Killed and mortally wounded in action, 1128. Died of disease and by accident, 1009. Died in Confederate prisons, 302. Wounded not mortally 2,265 - Total, 4,704.

Right Side

Reaching this field by a forced march of thirty two miles in the evening of July 2, the brigade took position on the left Union flank near this point in anticipation of an attack by the enemy and held the same July 3d and 4th.

First Bull RunSalem HeightsWeldon Railroad
Lee's MillFredericksburg June 5, '63Charlestown
Williamsburg GettysburgOpequon
Golding's FarmFunkstownFisher's Hill
Savage StationRappahannock Sta.Cedar Creek
White Oak SwampWildernessPetersburg Mar. 25, '65
Crampton's PassSpottsylvaniaPetersburg April 2, '65
AntietamCold HarborSailor's Creek
Fredericksburg Dec 13 '62Petersburg June 18 '64 
Marye's HeightsReam's Station 

UnitCommander at GettysburgStrengthCasualties
2nd VermontColonel James Hicks Walbridge528None
3rd VermontColonel Thomas Orvilla Seaver428None
4th VermontColonel Charles Bradley Stoughton4371 wounded
5th VermontLieutenant Colonel John Randolph Lewis341None
6th VermontColonel Elisha Leonard Barney362None

Source: Inscriptions from monument; units, commanders, strength and casualties from 1892 Revised Roster.

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