The Seventh Wisconsin Infantry is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? June 30, 1888.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: red granite; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 11 ft. 4 in. x 2 ft. 5 in. x 2 ft. 5 in.; Base: approx. W. 4 ft. 6 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
Who made it? B & M Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? The five-pointed insignia of the Iron Brigade stands atop a two-course pedestal and tiered, rough-hewn base. There are decorative emblematic reliefs on three sides of the monument. It has a polished red granite shaft with inscriptions on all faces and topped with the Iron Brigade insignia set on a 4.6 foot square rough hewn base. Overall height is 11.4 foot. Flanking markers are flat topped and nine inches square.
What does it honor? The monument marks the advance positions of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry on July 1, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 7th Wis. Vol. Inft’y / 1st Brigade, 1st Div. 1st Corps.
When was this photograph taken? February 26, 2012.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Meredith and Stone Avenue, McPherson Woods, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the west side of the 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 or materially altered.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: March 25, 2010.
Location: Culp’s Hill
Description: Small red stone marker denotes the location of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry on July 2 and 3, 1863. Position marker is flat topped and one foot square. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Commander: Col. William W. Robinson (1819-1903). Mexican War veteran; farmer in Sparta. Wounded at Second Bull Run.
Number Engaged: 343
Casualties: 21 killed, 105 wounded, 52 missing
Soldiers Buried in the Wisconsin Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. William H. Barnum, Company K, C-2
- Pvt. Philip Bennett, Company F, C-7
- Cpl. Frank M. Bull, Company D, B-7
- Cpl. Marcellus Chase, Company A, B-3
- Pvt. George H. Hawes, Company B, C-3
- Pvt. Philpnas Kinsman, Company K, C-14
- Cpl. William D. McKinney, Company K, C-9
- Sgt. George W. Sain, Company C, A-20
- Pvt. John B. Straight, Company E, C-4
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. William W. Robinson (will open a pop up window).
Medal of Honor Winners: COATES, JEFFERSON. Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 7th Wisconsin Infantry. Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Entered service at: Boscobel, Wis. Birth: Grant County, Wis. Date of issue: 29 June 1866. Citation: Unsurpassed courage in battle, where he had both eyes shot out.
Raised: Columbia, Dane, Grant, Marquette, and Waushara counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in September 2, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 21. Attached to King’s Brigade, McDowell’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1862. 3rd Brigade, King’s Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Army Corps, to August, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-16. Advance to Falmouth, Va., April 9-19. Duty at Falmouth and Fredericksburg until August. McDowell’s advance on Richmond May 25-29. Operations against Jackson June 2-11. Reconnaissance to Orange Court House July 24-27. Expedition to Frederick’s Hall Station and Spotsylvania Court House August 5-8. Thornburg’s Mills or Massaponax Church August 5-6. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 21-23. Catlett’s Station August 22. Gainesville August 28. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1 (Reserve). Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain September 14; Antietam September 16-17. At Sharpsburg, Md., to October 30. Movement to Falmouth, Va.. October 30-November 22. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Belle Plain until April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Pollock’s Mill Creek April 29-May 2. Fitzhugh’s Crossing April 29-30. Battle of Chancellorsville May 2-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Haymarket October 19. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 4-June 15, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,” May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Jericho Ford May 23. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Weldon Railroad August 18-21, 1864. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 28. Boydton and White Oak Roads March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D.C., May. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 16 and mustered out July 2, 1865. Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 271 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 143 Enlisted men by disease. Total 424.