The Seventy Third New York Infantry is honored by a monument and a position stone at Gettysburg.
About the Main Monument
When was it dedicated? Installed Aug. 1897. Dedicated Sept. 6, 1897.
What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.
What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 7 x 4 x 3 ft.; Base: approx. 14 x 8 x 7 ft.
Who made it? Moretti, Giuseppe, 1857-1935, sculptor. Gorham Manufacturing Company, founder. Hoffmann and Prochazka, contractor.
What does it depict? A figure of a Civil War soldier holding his rifle stands beside a Fire Zouave holding a bugle. The figures are installed atop a square granite base. Monument is a seven foot granite shaft and bronze statues of a fireman and infantryman on a 8×7 foot rough hewn base. Bronze inscription tablets are located on all sides and a state seal is on the west side of the base. Overall height is 14 foot.
What does it honor? The monument marks the position reached by the 73rd New York, Second Fire Zouaves of Excelsior Brigade on the afternoon of July 2, 1863. The fireman and an infantryman are representative of the dual role held by many members of the regiment.
How is it inscribed? THE FOURTH EXCELSIOR REGIMENT WAS CONDUCTED TO THIS POSITION BY MAJOR H.E. TREMAIN OF CORPS STAFF ABOUT 5:30 P.M. ON JULY 2, 1863. ITS LOSS ON THIS FIELD WAS/KILLED 4 OFFICERS/AND 47 ENLISTED MEN. WOUNDED 11 OFFICERS AND 92 ENLISTED MEN. MISSING 8, AGGREGATE 162
When was this photograph taken? March 26, 2010.
Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Sickles Avenue near Excelsior Monument, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. Located east of Emmitsburg Road and north of Wheatfield Road.
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: May 1, 2010.
Location: Sickles Avenue, Excelsior Field
Description: Small stone position marker, same as the rest of the Excelsior Brigade located in line nearby.
The 73rd New York Infantry was also known as Second Fire Zouaves. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Brewster’s “Excelsior” Brigade in Humphreys’ Division of the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac. A Fighting 300 Regiment.
Commander: Maj. Michael William Burns (1834-1883). City inspector and fireman from New York City. Wounded during the Second Manassas Campaign.
Number Engaged: 507
Casualties: 51 killed, 103 wounded, 8 missing
Officers Killed at Gettysburg:
- 2nd Lieutenant George P. Dennin, Company C, 24, of New York City, mortally wounded July 2, buried in National Cemetery C-53
- 1st Lieutenant William L. Herbert, Company F, of New York City, killed on July 2
- 2nd Lieutenant Martin E. Higgins, Company E, 24, of Staten Island, mortally wounded on July 3
- 1st Lieutenant James Marksman, Company K, 22, New York City, killed on July 3
Soldiers Buried in the New York Plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery:
- Cpl. George B. Anderson, Company B, C-54
- Pvt. William M. Brown, Company G, D-48
- Sgt. John J. Coniff, Company K, B-64
- Pvt. John Curren, Company K, A-85
- Pvt. Edward Devlin, Company A, E-110
- Pvt. Peter Farewell, Company D, G-35
- Pvt. Patrick Flanigan, Company B, F-27
- Pvt. Michael Gallagher, Company G, B-63
- Pvt. Edward Holmes, Company F, F-106
- Pvt. John Kechner, Company D, E-89
- Pvt. William H. Lacy, Company H, F-16
- Sgt. Thomas Lally, Company K, F-18
- Pvt. Patrick Lynch, Company D, D-46
- Pvt. Wilson M. Malloy, Company C, C-52
- Pvt. James McAvoy, Company G, B-62
- Sgt. George McGlare, Company F, F-103
- Sgt. John Murphy, Company B, D-47
- Pvt. Charles Newman, Company C, E-55
- Sgt. John Salmon, Company D, F-17
- Pvt. George Secor, Company F, E-86
- Pvt. Adam Shandorf, Company H, F-108
- Sgt. Patrick F. Sullivan, Company K, F-28
- Pvt. James Titsworth. Company D, F-107
- Pvt. Peter Tranor, Company D, E-88
Raised: New York City and Kings county. Contained a contingent from a New York City fire company.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized under authority of the War Department, at Camp Scott, Staten Island, N.Y., as 4th Regiment, Sickles’ Brigade, July to October, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., October 8, 1861. Attached to Sickles’ Brigade, Division of the Potomac, October, 1861. Sickles’ Brigade, Hooker’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 2nd Army Corps, to May, 1864. 4th Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C, until March, 1862. Expedition to Matthias Point November 9, 1861. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10, 1862. Expedition from Dumfries to Fredericksburg and capture of stores March 18. Reconnaissance from Liverpool Point to Stafford Court House and action at Stafford Court House April 4. Ordered to the Peninsula April. Siege of Yorktown April 10-May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Oak Grove June 25; Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29; White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30; Malvern Hill July 1 and August 5. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Centreville, August 16-26. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2. Action at Bristoe Station or Kettle Run August 27. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Duty in the Defenses of Washington until November. At Fairfax Station Va., until November 25. Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad November 10-12. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth until April 27, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24. Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church February 5-7. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Wapping Heights, Va.. July 23. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. 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. Duty near Brandy Station, Va., until May, 1864. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Po River May 10. Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient or “Bloody Angle” May 12. Harris Farm or Fredericksburg Road May 19. 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 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad. June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration on North side of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration on North side of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream’s Station August 25. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road. Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28. Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run December 9-10. Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins’ House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Boydton Road and White Oak Ridge March 29-31. Crow’s House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor’s Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 2-12. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out at Washington, D.C., June 29, 1865. Regiment lost during service 18 Officers and 138 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 76 Enlisted men by disease. Total 233.
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