About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 9, 1898.
What is it made out of? Memorial: Rutland Vermont marble; Base: stone.
What size is it? Memorial: approx. H. 17 ft.
Who made it? Moynehan, F., sculptor. Marietta Memorials, fabricator.
What does it depict? Monument is a 4.5 foot-in-circumference Vermont marble shaft that is seventeen foot high topped with a sculptured eagle. The base is 5.9 foot square with inscriptions. A tall fluted Corinthian column topped by an eagle with wings spread.
What does it honor? The monument marks the advanced site occupied by Co. F on the morning of July 2, 1863, when they advanced from the III Corps lines to the woods on the Fairfield (Millestown) Road, where they met Confederate skirmishes.
How is it inscribed? CO. F./1ST U.S. SHARPSHOOTERS/ORGANIZED IN VERMONT IN 1861-/ASSIGNED TO THE 6TH CORPS IN 1862/TO THE 3RD CORPS IN 1863/AND TO THE 2ND CORPS IN 1864.
When was this photograph taken? March 23, 2012.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, In Pitzer Woods, off Berdan Avenue, west of West Confederate Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the north end of Pitzer Woods north of Berdan Avenue.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved. The monument was badly damaged in a storm in 1994, and the eagle was reconstructed by Park Service staff.
Commander: Col. Hiram Berdan (1824-1893)
Number Engaged: 371
Casualties: 6 killed, 37 wounded, 6 missing
After Action Report: After Action Report of the 1st and 2nd Sharpshooter Regiments (will open a pop up window).
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at West Randolph September 13, 1861. Left State for Weehawken, N.J., September 14, thence to Washington, D.C., September 25. (See 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.)
Most of Regiment concentrated at Weehawken, N.J., September, 1861, and moved to Washington, D.C., September 24-25. Mustered in November 29, 1861. Served Unattached, Army of the Potomac, and Martindale’s Brigade, Fitz John Porter’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Unassigned, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to September, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to December, 1864.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Moved to Fortress Monroe, Va., March 22. Advance on Yorktown April 1-5. Great Bethel and Howard’s Bridge April 4. Warwick Road April 5. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Battle of Hanover Court House May 27. Operations about Hanover Court House April 27-29. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26. Gaines’ Mill June 27. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. Turkey Bridge, White Oak Swamp, June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Duty at Harrison’s Landing until August 15. Movement to Centreville August 15-28. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 28-September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of South Mountain September 14. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Sharpsburg, Shepherdstown Ford, September 19. Movement to Falmouth October 29-November 17. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Expedition from Potomac Creek to Richard’s and Ellis’ Fords, Rappahannock River, December 29-30. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Wapping Heights, Va., July 23. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly’s Ford November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Payne’s Farm November 27. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 4-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,” May 12. Harris Farm, Fredericksburg Road, May 19. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Hanovertown May 30-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-19. Siege of Petersburg June 16 to December 31, 1864. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 28-29. Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom August 13-20. Strawberry Plains August 14-18. Poplar Springs Church, Peeble’s Farm, September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Expedition to Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Company “A” mustered out August 19, Company “D” mustered out August 28, 1864. Veterans and Recruits assigned to Companies “I” and “K.” Veterans of Company “H” to Company “D” September 15. Regiment consolidated with 2nd Regiment Sharpshooters December 31, 1864. Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 143 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 128 Enlisted men by disease. Total 282.