About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? July 2, 1888.
What is it made out of? Monument: granite with bronze adornment; Base: stone.
What size is it? Overall: approx. 12 ft. 4 in. x 7 ft. 3 in. x 7 ft. 3 in.
Who made it? Frederick & Field, fabricator.
What does it depict? Granite monument with apex cap features a bronze relief depicting a woman praying over a dead or dying soldier. The relief contains the words: “I yield him unto his Country and to his God.” Monument that has two flanking markers. Monument is a granite shaft with an apex top set on a seven foot square rough hewn base. Overall height is 12.4 foot. The shaft has a polished face on the east and west and rough on the other sides.
What does it honor? The monument marks the position of the 86th New York Infantry on the afternoon of July 2, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 86TH NEW YORK/INFANTRY/2D BRIG. 1ST DIV/3D CORPS
When was this photograph taken? June 4, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, East side of Sickles Avenue, north of Devil’s Den and south of Ayres Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been changed or materially altered.
The 86th New York Infantry was also known as The Steuben Rangers. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Ward’s Brigade in Birney’s Division of the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Commander: Lt. Col. Benjamin L. Higgins (1826-1891). Chief engineer of the Syracuse fire department. Wounded on July 2 and during the Mine Run Campaign. Maj. Jacob H. Lansing (1824-1885) took command. He was a jeweler from Albany and was wounded at the battle of North Anna.
Number Engaged: 286
Casualties: 11 killed, 51 wounded, 4 missing
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- Capt. John N. Warner, Company K, killed on July 2, aged 23, of Woodhull, buried in National Cemetery at C-68
Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Pvt. John M. Blackman, Company I, C-45
- Pvt. John Carregin, Company I, C-47
- Pvt. Jabez B. Fisk, Company K, D-54
- Pvt. Robert Lanning, Company K, G-85
- Pvt. Legrand Platt, Company B, A-68
- Pvt. Ira W. Ross, Company B, C-48
- Pvt. William L. Stewart, Company K, C-44
- Pvt. Elbridge E. Thompson, Company G, A-88
- Cpl. Nehemiah W. Winship, Company K, D-53
After Action Report: After Action Report of Lieut. Col. Benjamin L. Higgins (will open a pop up window).
Raised: Steuben and Chemung counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Elmira and mustered in November 20, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., November 23, 1861. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Casey’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Wadsworth’s Command, Military District of Washington, to August, 1862. Piatt’s Brigade, Whipple’s Division, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.. until August, 1862. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Duty in the Defenses of Washington until October. Moved to Point of Rocks, thence to Pleasant Valley, Md., October 18-19. Movement toward Warrenton, Va., October 24-November 16. Reconnaissance to Manassas Gap, Va., and skirmish November 5-6. Movement to Falmouth, Va., November 18-24. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Duty near Falmouth until April 27, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Brandy Station and Beverly Ford June 9. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Wapping Heights, Va., July 23. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly’s Ford November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty near Brandy Station until May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Batties of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,” May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Reconnaissance to Weldon Railroad December 9-10. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins’ House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Boydton and White Oak Roads March 29-31. Crow’s House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor’s Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. At Burkesville until May 2. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 27, 1865. Regiment lost during service 13 Officers and 159 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 129 Enlisted men by disease. Total 303.
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