The Cavalry Buys Time

The Cavalry Buys Time (HM9ZT)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 50.736', W 77° 14.781'

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July 1, 1863 - First Day

"The First Brigade maintained this unequal contest until the leading division of General Reynolds' corps came up to its assistance, and then most reluctantly did it give up the front."
Brig. Gen. John Buford, U.S.A.
Cavalry Corps, 1st Division

Cavalry soldiers traditionally fought on horseback, but by 1863 they were also fighting on foot. Although the infantryman's rifle-musket was more deadly at long range than the cavalryman's carbine, dismounted cavalry could effectively harass and delay foot soldiers.

Along this ridge (to your left and right), the Union cavalry of Brig. Gen. John Buford's Division held off the attacking Confederate infantry of Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Davis on the morning of July 1. When the pressure became too great, the troopers fell back to the ridge in front of you.

General Buford's cavalry slowed the attacking Confederates for two critical hours, time enough for the Union infantry to arrive on the battlefield.
HM NumberHM9ZT
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307812 N 4413035
Decimal Degrees39.84560000, -77.24635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.736', W 77° 14.781'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 44.16" N, 77° 14' 46.86" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 736 Buford Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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