The Ninety Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry is honored by a monument and a secondary monument at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? September 22, 1888.
What is it made out of? Monument: granite with bronze adornments; Base: granite.
Who made it? Unknown, sculptor.
What does it depict? Tapered granite monument with bronze State Coat of Arms tablet; and cross-cable cap. The monument is set on rough-hewn boulder. Overall height is 12.1 foot. It has incised inscriptions on all faces with a bronze state coat of arms tablet on the west. Flanking markers are flat topped, one foot square.
What does it honor? It indicates the position of the 119th Pennsylvania Infantry on the morning of July 3, 1863 when confronting a possible Confederate flanking movement.
How is it inscribed? FORMED LINE AFTERNOON OF JULY 2ND,/REAR OF RIDGE TO RIGHT OF LITTLE ROUND TOP,/MORNING OF THE 3RD, MOVED TO THIS POSITION./AFTERNOON MARCHED TO REAR OF LEFT CENTRE.(sic)/THENCE TO FACE OF ROUND TOP./119TH PENNA INFANTRY/3RD BRIG. 1ST DIV. 6TH CORPS. (On right:) ORGANIZED IN PHILADELPHIA/MUSTERED IN SEPT. 1, 1862./MUSTERED OUT JUNE 19, 1865/AGGREGATE STRENGTH 1200/KILLED AND DIED OF WOUNDS 136/DIED OF DISEASE AND OTHER CAUSES 68/WOUNDED 300
When was this photograph taken? April 15, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Althoff Farm, John Weikert Farm Lane, east side, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located at the north end of the lane.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument replaced the original regimental monument which was located about 100 feet northwest.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: June 6, 2010.
Location: Located on the north slope of Little Round Top. View Monument Location Map.
Description: Dedicated 1884. Granite monolith with polished apex cap, and front decorated with blue tiled VI Corps Greek Cross. Overall height is 12.1 foot. The shaft has chamfered edges with raised and incised inscriptions. It is inscribed, “98TH PENNA. INFANTRY/3D BRIG. 3D DIV. 6TH CORPS/LEADING THE CORPS IN THE MARCH/FROM THE MANCHESTER M.D./ (Greek Cross)/ARRIVED HERE JULY 2D ABOUT 5 P.M./IMMEDIATELY CHARGED TO THE WHEATFIELD/AND WOODS TO THE LEFT/ABOUT DARK REJOINED THE BRIGADE NORTH OF/THE ROAD WHERE OTHER MONUMENT STANDS/3RD BRIGADE/3RD DIVISION 6TH CORPS (On side:) 98th REGT. PA V.V./TO OUR FALLEN COMRADES (On side:) GETTYSBURG/July 2.3.& 4./1863 (On rear: 98th REGT. PENNA A. VET/ORGANIZED IN PHILA. APRIL 29TH 1861/FOR 3 MOS. AS THE 21ST REG. P.V./RE-ORGANIZED AUG 17TH 1861/FOR 3 YEARS AS THE 98TH REG. P.V./RE-ENLISTED DEC 23D 1863/MUSTERED OUT JUNE 29TH, 1865.”
Commander: Maj. John B. Kohler (1819-1864). He was born in Germany and was a stove manufacturer in Philadelphia. Killed at the battle of Cedar Creek.
Number Engaged: 406
Casualties: 11 wounded.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Maj. John B. Kohler (will open a pop up window).
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Philadelphia August 23 to November 6, 1861. Regiment moved to Washington, D.C., September 30, 1861. Companies “G” and “H” joined in December, 1861. Attached to Peck’s Brigade, Couch’s Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to October, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, to January, 1864. Wheaton’s Brigade, Dept. West Virginia, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, and Army of the Shenandoah, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15. Moved to the Virginia Peninsula March 25. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Slatersville, New Kent C. H., and Sister’s Mills May 9. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. About Fair Oaks June 26-29. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing to August 16. Movement to Alexandria, thence to Centreville August 16-30. Cover Pope’s retreat to Fairfax C. H. August 30-September 1. Chantilly September 1 (Reserve). Maryland Campaign September 6-24. Battle of Antietam September 16-17 (Reserve). At Downsville, Md., September 23-October 20. Movement to Stafford C. H. October 20-November 18, and to Belle Plains December 5. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Burnside’s 2nd Campaign, “Mud March,” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin’s Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks’ Ford May 4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 13-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty at Brandy Station until May, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-21. Assault on the Salient 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 17-18. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23. Siege of Petersburg until July 9. Moved to Washington D.C., July 9-11. Defense of Washington against Early’s attack July 11-12. Pursuit to Snicker’s Ferry July 14-18. Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Charlestown August 21-22. Demonstration on Gilbert’s Ford, Opequan Creek September 13. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Strasburg September 21. Fisher’s Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty in the Shenandoah Valley until December. Ordered to Petersburg December 9-12. Siege of Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Danville April 23-27, and duty there until May 23. Moved to Richmond, thence to Washington May 23-June 3. Corps Review June 8, Mustered out June 29, 1865. Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 72 Enlisted men by disease. Total 194.
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