About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Sept. 11, 1889.
What is it made out of? Granite; Relief plaque: bronze; Base: granite.
What size is it? Overall: approx. H. 11 ft. 5 in.
Who made it? C. Van Gunden, Young & Drumm, fabricator. Bureau Brothers, founder.
What does it depict? A cylindrical granite monument topped with the Third Corps diamond symbol is adorned on the front with a bronze relief plaque depicting the Pennsylvania state seal. Monument is a cylindrical granite shaft that is twelve foot in circumference that has a rough and smooth striped dome cap containing a four-sided diamond finial and set on a cylindrical, tapered rough hewn base that is 16.4 foot-in-circumference. The shaft has raised inscription panels and a bronze state seal on the east face. Overall height is 11.5 foot.
What does it honor? The monument marks the general position held by skirmishers of the 63rd Pennsylvania on July 2, 1863.
How is it inscribed? 63D PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY/(list of battles)/(On back:) PRESENT AT GETTYSBURG/296 OFFICERS AND MEN/KILLED 1 MAN: WOUNDED 3 OFFICERS AND 26 MEN/CAPTURED OR MISSING 4 MEN (On front:) MUSTERED IN AT PITTSBURGH PA/AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1861/MUSTERED OUT JULY 31ST – SEPTEMBER 9TH 1864 (On base:) 1ST BRIGADE 1ST DIVISION 3D CORPS (On bronze plaque:) BUREAU BROS. PHILA
When was this photograph taken? November 15, 2009.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Intersection of Emmitsburg and Wheatfield Roads, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Emmitsburg Road and Wheatfield Road. It is enclosed on two sides by a War Department board fence.
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.
Commander: Maj. John A. Danks (1826-1896). Iron worker in Etna. Wounded at Fair Oaks and the Wilderness. Served in Pennsylvania legislature after the War.
Number Engaged: 296
Casualties: 1 killed, 29 wounded, 4 missing
Soldiers Buried in the Pennsylvania Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. David Stoup, Company E, A-72 (disease)
After Action Report: After Action Report of Maj. John A. Danks (will open a pop up window).
Raised: Allegheny and Clarion counties.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Pittsburg August, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., August 26. Attached to Jameson’s Brigade, Heintzelman’s Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to August, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to September, 1864.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Reconnaissance to Pohick Church and the Occoquan November 12, 1861. Pohick Church and the Occoquan March 5, 1862 (Detachment). Moved to the Peninsula March 16-18. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines) May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove June 25. Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Duty at Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Centreville August 16-26. Bristoe Station or Kettle Run August 27. Buckland’s Bridge, Broad Run, August 27. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1. Duty in the Defenses of Washington and guarding fords in Maryland until October. March up the Potomac to Leesburg, thence to Falmouth, Va., October 11-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. Burnside’s second Campaign, “Mud March,” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Whapping Heights, Va., July 23. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 13-14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly’s Ford November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Payne’s Farm November 27. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. Harris’ Farm May 19. North Anna River May 23-26. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 29-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg and Richmond June 16-September 5. Weldon Railroad June 22-23. Demonstration on north side of the James River at Deep Bottom July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Mine Explosion July 30 (Reserve). Demonstration on north side of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 105th Pennsylvania September 5, 1864. Mustered out September 9, 1864. Regiment lost during service 17 Officers and 169 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 133 Enlisted men by disease. Total 320.
Pennsylvania at Gettysburg
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