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Farnsworth's Cavalry Charge Plaque:
One of the last, and most futile, engagements at Gettysburg occurred here at the end of the third day. Union cavalry commanded by Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick had moved into this area to harass the rear and right of the Confederate line. To the north, the Confederates in Pickett's Charge had been badly beaten, but the Southern position here remianed strong. About 5:00pm Kilpatrick ordered Brig.Gen. Elon J.Farnsworth to lead a cavalry charge against a line of Confederate infantry in the fields and woods surrounding the Slyder Farm in front of you. Farnsworth protested, believing it would be suicidal for cavalry to attack foot soldiers over ground obstructed by fences, boulders, ditches, and timber. Kilpatrick, who boasted cavalary could fight anywhere except at sea, would not reconsider. Farnsworth obeyed and rode off with some 300 troopers. Encountering deadly fire on all sides, horsemen were shot from their saddles like ducks in a shooting gallery. General Farnsworth fell on the rugged hillside to your right with five mortal wounds, and, it is said, with his saber raised.

The Second Monument:
William Wells, Brevet Major General U.S. Vols. 1837 - 1892. First Lieut. Co. C 1st Vermont Cavalry Oct. 14 1861. Captain Co. C Nov. 18 1861. Major Dec. 30 1862. Colonel July 2 1864. Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Vols. Feb. 22 1865. Brevet Major General U.S. Vols. "For gallant and meritorious services" March 13 1865. Brigadier General U.S. Vols. May 19 1865. Honorably mustered out Jan. 15 1866. Once wounded and once a prisoner. Awarded Medal of Honor for "most distinguished gallantry at Gettysburg" July 3 1863. Commander of Sheridan's Cavalry Corps.

Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804
Directions: Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The museum and visitor center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97) with a back entrance from the Taneytown Road (State Rt. 134)
Phone: 717-334-1124, ext 8023
Website: http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/brochures.htm

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