The Twenty Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry is honored by a monument and a secondary monument at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 13, 1885. Rededicated Sept. 11, 1889.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: granite with bronze elements; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. H. 7 ft. 6 in.; Base: approx. W. 9 ft. 7 in. x D. 6 ft. 6 in.
Who made it? Smith Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? Monument consists of a Corps star insignia atop a rectangular, rough-hewn pedestal and two-tiered rough-hewn base. A relief of an infantryman’s kepi is set on the sloped surface of the base. A square relief of the State Seal is affixed to the right of the pedestal, and a recessed star is installed on the left. Monument is a two-part stepped and chamfered rough cut shaft topped with a corps symbol of a five-point star and set on a 9.7×6.6 foot rough cut base with a chamfered top. The shaft contains a sculptured granite cap, bronze inscription tablets, and a bronze medallion. Overall height is 7.6 feet. Flanking markers are one foot square.
What does it honor? It indicates the position held by the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry during most of July 3, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 28TH PENNA INFANTRY/1ST BRIG. 2ND DIV. 12TH CORPS/JULY 3RD 1863.
When was this photograph taken? September 2, 2007.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, North Slocum Avenue, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located on the west side of Slocum Avenue.
Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? Yes.
Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved. The monument was rededicated in 1889 after it was altered. A sub-base was added and the kepi was moved from the top of the monument to the top of the base. The bronze inscription plaques were added, as were the State Seal relief and the recessed star.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: October 7, 2007.
Location: Near Rock Creek (accessible from East Confederate Avenue). Located on the west side of Rock Creek east of East Confederate Avenue. Indicates position held morning July 2, 1863 in skirmishing pattern, until rejoining Union left. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Marker is sculpted in the likeness of an infantry knapsack with a bedroll on top. The 12th Corps star insignia is on the plinth in front. The piece stands on a sloped plinth and low, rough-hewn base. It indicates the position taken by the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on the morning of July 2, 1863 and held by them as skirmishers until ordered to reinforce the Union left that evening. Dedicated in November 1904. Monument has a two-part granite shaft of which the first part is chamfered with an excised Twelfth Corps star symbol on the front and the second part is sculpted in a knapsack and bedroll with an inscription on the front and a bronze tablet on the rear. It rests on a 5.10 1/2 foot square rough cut base that has tooled a tooled edge. Overall height is 7.10 feet.
The 28th Pennsylvania Infantry was also known as the Goldstream Regiment. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Candy’s Brigade in Geary’s Division of the Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac. A Fighting 300 Regiment.
Commander: Capt. John H. Flynn (1819-1875)
Number Engaged: 370
Casualties: 3 killed, 23 wounded, 2 missing
Soldiers Buried in the Pennsylvania Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. James O. Butcher, Company G, E-3
- Pvt. John Simenson, Company I, C-31
After Action Report: After Action Report of Capt. John Flynn (will open a pop up window).
Raised: Allegheny, Carbon, Luzerne, and Westmoreland counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Philadelphia and mustered in June 28, 1861. Moved to Baltimore, Md., and Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., July 27. Attached to Geo. H. Thomas’ Brigade, Dept. of the Shenandoah, to August, 1861. 1st Brigade, Banks’ Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah, to October, 1861. Geary’s Independent Brigade, Banks’ Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Banks’ 5th Army Corps, to April, 1862. Geary’s Independent Brigade, Dept. of the Shenandoah, to June, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia, to August, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to June, 1865. 3rd Brigade, Bartlett’s Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty at Sandy Hook, opposite Harper’s Ferry, until August 13, 1861. Moved to Point of Rocks, Md., and guard frontier from Nolan’s Ferry to Antietam Aqueduct. Pritchard’s Mills, Va., September 15 (Cos., “B,” “D,” “I”). Point of Rocks September 24. Knoxville October 2. Bolivar Heights October 16 (Cos. “A,” “D,” “F,” “G”). Nolan’s Ferry October 30. Berlin November 10. Point of Rocks December 19. Crossed Potomac February 24-25. Operations in Loudon County, Va., February 25-May 6. Occupation of Bolivar Heights February 26. Lovettsville March 1. Wheatland March 7. Occupation of Leesburg March 8. Upperville March 14. Ashby’s Gap March 15. Capture of Rectortown, Piedmont, Markham, Linden and Front Royal March 15-20. Operations about Middleburg and White Plains March 27-28. Thoroughfare Gap April 2. Warrenton April 6. Near Piedmont April 14. Linden May 15 (Co. “O”). Reconnaissance from Front Royal to Browntown May 24. Guard railroad from White Plains to Manassas until May 24, and railroad and gaps of the Blue Ridge until June 23. Joined Banks at Middletown June 29. Reconnaissance to Thoroughfare Mountain August 9. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. White Sulphur Springs August 24. Bull Run August 30. Maryland Campaign September 6-24. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Bolivar Heights until December. Reconnaissance to Lovettsville October 21. Reconnaissance to Ripon, W. Va., November 9. Reconnaissance to Winchester December 2-6. Moved to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-14. At Stafford Court House until April 27, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Old Wilderness Tavern April 30. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Fair Play, Md., July 13. Duty on line of the Rapidan until September. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Companies “L,” “M,” “N” and “O” transferred to 147th Pennsylvania October 28. Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., October 28-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Battles of Lookout Mountain November 23-24; Mission Ridge November 25; Ringgold Gap, Taylor’s Ridge November 27. Guard duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad until April, 1864. Regiment reenlisted December 24, 1863. Veterans on furlough January and February, 1864. Expedition down the Tennessee River to Triana April 12-16. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 5-13. Dug Gap, or Mill Springs, May 8. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. New Hope Church May 25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills, May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal, or Golgotha Church, June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb’s Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff’s Station or Smyrna Camp Ground July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15. Whitehall Road, near Atlanta, November 9. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. North Edisto, S. C., February 12-13. Red Bank Creek February 15. Congaree Creek February 15. Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett’s House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Duty in the Dept. of Washington until July. Mustered out July 18, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 151 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 124 Enlisted men by disease. Total 284.
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