The Second Rhode Island Infantry is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Oct. 12, 1886.
What is it made out of? Monument: granite with bronze adornment; Base: granite.
What size is it? Monument: approx. H. 9 ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. x 5 ft.; Bronze adornment: approx. W. 2 ft. x D. 2 ft.
Who made it? Smith Granite Company, fabricator.
What does it depict? Granite monument topped by bronze infantry accouterments, including drum and wreath. Monument is a smooth granite shaft, 2.10 foot square that is topped with a bronze sculpture of infantry accouterments and set on a rough hewn 4.6 foot square base. Overall height is 9.4 foot. An inscription and carved state seal is located on the west face.
What does it honor? The monument marks the location of the regiment in the second line of the brigade on the night of July 2, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 2ND R. I./VOLUNTEERS
When was this photograph taken? April 15, 2011.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, on Sedgwick Avenue, north of Wheatfield Road, 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 moved or materially altered.
Secondary Monuments and Markers
Photographed: September 20, 2009.
Location: Emmitsburg Road, south of Codori buildings; located on the west side of Emmitsburg Road, south of the Codori Barn. This monument is denoted on the map above by a RED pushpin.
Description: Dedicated in 1886. It marks the regiment’s skirmish line on July 4. The position marker is rough hewn, 3.2×2.2 foot.
Commander: Col. Horatio Rogers, Jr. (1836-1904). Lawyer in Providence. Post-war member of state legislature and state attorney general.
Number Engaged: 409
Casualties: 1 killed, 5 wounded, 1 missing
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. Horatio Rogers (will open a pop up window).
Raised: At large.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Providence June, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., June 19. Attached to Burnside’s Brigade, Hunter’s Division, McDowell’s Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Couch’s Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Couch’s Brigade, Buell’s Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to October, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, to March, 1864. 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac and Army Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–At Camp Sprague, Washington, D. C., till July 16, 1861. Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Battle of Bull Run July 21. At Camp Sprague and Brightwood, Defences of Washington, till March, 1862. March to Prospect Hill, Va., March 11-15. Embarked at Alexandria, Va., for the Peninsula March 26. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Slatersville, New Kent C. H., May 9. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove near Seven Pines June 25. James River Road near Fair Oaks June 29. White Oak Swamp June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing till August 15. Reconnoissance to Turkey Island August 5-6, and to Haxall’s Landing August 8-11. Movement to Alexandria August 15-September 1, thence march into Maryland September 3-18. At Downsville September 23-October 20. Movement to Stafford C. H., Va., October 20-November 18, and to Belle Plains December 5. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations about Franklin’s Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks’ Ford May 4. Deep Run Ravine or Franklin’s Crossing June 5-13. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4. Funkstown, Md., July 10-13. At Warrenton, Va., till September. 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. At Brandy Station till May, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. 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. Old members left front for muster out June 11. Mustered out June 17, 1864. Before Petersburg June 17-18. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23. Siege of Petersburg till July 9. Moved to Washington, D.C., July 9-11. Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington July 11-12. Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Garrison duty at Winchester September 22-December 1. Moved to Petersburg, Va., December 2-6. 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. Expedition to Danville April 23-27. Moved to Washington via Richmond May 20-June 7. Corps Review June 8. Mustered out July 13, 1865. Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 111 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 74 Enlisted men by disease. Total 196.